Photo from Perfil (Argentina). Caption: “El Ejército, ayudando a la gente en Quilmes. Una postal de la pandemia de coronavirus.”

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March 23, 2020

Brazil

Bolsonaro has continued to downplay the pandemic, despite more than 20 members of a delegation he recently led to the US becoming infected with Covid-19

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has denied the country’s healthcare system will collapse next month, contradicting his own health minister as the number of deaths in the country jumped 39%

Colombia

Álvaro Amórtegui, teniente coronel del Ejército, asegura que el general ( r) Mario Montoya sí dio órdenes para cometer falsos positivos. También denuncia episodios de corrupción

“Hemos tomado medidas para que las reuniones entre el orden nacional y los municipios se hagan de manera virtual y que no se suspenda el cumplimiento a las comunidades”, dijo Archila

Lo sucedido con Marco Rivadeneira pone de presente la indolencia con la cual el gobierno actúa frente al asesinato de líderes sociales

El pasado jueves 19 de marzo, nada más, fueron asesinados tres defensores de derechos humanos por sicarios

For years, they were referred to in hushed tones simply as “Big Foot” – a mythical creature rumored but never seen – but these days, the narco-submarines used by Colombia’s drug cartels have become almost commonplace

Varios presos de diferentes penitenciarías han pedido que haya excarcelaciones para evitar tragedias en estos lugares que tienen un nivel de hacinamiento en promedio del 53 %

Justice Minister Margarita Cabello described the events at the La Modelo prison in Bogota as an attempted prison escape, but advocates for inmates said officials had cracked down on inmates staging a peaceful protest over conditions they feared would exacerbate infections

Autoridades locales alertaron sobre el confinamiento de al menos 3.083 personas (824 familias) pertenecientes a 23 comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas en zona rural del municipio del Alto Baudó

Cuba

A fetishized version of the Cuban Revolution as a triumphant counterpoint to global capitalism—the state’s most powerful intangible commodity—continues to cast its spell on outsiders

Honduras

El miedo a la enfermedad se coloca en la balanza con el nivel de desconfianza que ha generado el gobierno del presidente Juan Orlando Hernández a raíz de los diversos casos de corrupción dados en su gobierno

Mexico, Western Hemisphere Regional

La embajadora Luz Elena Baños Rivas, representante de México ante la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), criticó con vehemencia la reelección “muy lamentable” del uruguayo Luis Almagro

Mexico

La persecución y la criminalización de los migrantes los hace más vulnerables y en muchas ocasiones se ven obligados a elegir rutas más peligrosas para evadir los controles migratorios

Desde las primeras horas de este sábado, el gobierno de Estados Unidos restringió el cruce fronterizo terrestre a los “viajes no esenciales” –es decir, a los viajes de ocio y turismo–, pero deja que los trabajadores y las mercancías pasen al otro lado

Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border

Migrants in a sprawling encampment steps from the U.S. border in Matamoros, Mexico, have begun to isolate as best they can in their closely packed tents in preparation for the arrival of the coronavirus

Nicaragua

“Es evidente que no hay un compromiso. No hay una preocupación con la ciudadanía, con el valor de la vida humana y el derecho de la salud”

U.S.-Mexico Border

As medical experts and local officials implore Americans to stay at home and observe social distancing, construction crews at multiple sites continue to work, sleep and eat in close quarters

In practice, the United States will deport anyone caught crossing between official ports of entry, including those hoping to turn themselves in, denying them access to asylum and potentially sending them back into harm’s way

Wolf said Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the number of migrants crossing illegally had plummeted

Only 5.3% of asylum-seekers subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols, as the policy is officially known, had lawyers through the end of January, compared with 85% for asylum-seekers nationwide

Venezuela

Gabriel Jiménez hated the Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro. But he loved cryptocurrency. When he built the regime a digital coin, he nearly paid with his life

Rojas posted several tweets reporting that a group of armed and masked FAES agents had arrived at his home and told him to accompany them to their headquarters, claiming that they received an anonymous call that Rojas might be infected with COVID-19

Tras la orden de cuarentena, que comenzó el lunes en seis estados y 24 horas después se aplicó en todo el país, Efecto Cocuyo ha hecho recorridos en Caracas, donde se han visto a funcionarios de las Faes con armas largas en las calles

Some of the actions have been delayed in part by the coronavirus pandemic. But senior U.S. officials say they are part of a Trump administration effort to double down on its pressure campaign