March 27, 2020
Western Hemisphere Regional
- Charles T. Call, “As Coronavirus Hits Latin America, Expect Serious and Enduring Effects” (The Brookings Institution, March 27, 2020).
Many now fear that Latin America may go the way of Italy — with too many cases already circulating to gain control of the virus for many weeks or months
- Daniel Lippman, Anita Kumar, “Immigration Chief on Thin Ice for Adopting Obama’s Stance During Crisis” (Politico, March 27, 2020).
Top Trump administration officials grew angry with Matt Albence, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, after he announced that immigration authorities would halt most enforcement efforts during the coronavirus outbreak
- “Organo Electoral de Bolivia Propone Nuevas Fechas para las Elecciones” (EFE, El Tiempo (Colombia), March 27, 2020).
La propuesta legislativa acordada con las ocho candidaturas que concurren a los comicios prevé que la elección se celebre “entre el domingo 7 de junio y el domingo 6 de septiembre”
- Rafael Soares, “Justica Militar Liberta Presos Que Denunciaram Sessao de Tortura Em Quartel Do Exercito No Rio” (O Globo (Brazil), March 27, 2020).
Decisão levou em conta epidemia do coronavírus, que adiou audiências; sete homens permaneceram mais de 500 dias no Complexo de Gericinó sem julgamento
- Mauricio Savarese, David Biller, “Brazil’s Governors Rise Up Against Bolsonaro’s Outbreak Stance” (Associated Press, PBS NewsHour, March 27, 2020).
In a nationally televised address Tuesday night, he urged governors to limit isolation only to high-risk people and lift the strict anti-virus measures they have imposed in their regions
- Andrea Carolina Tapia Godoy, “Pese a Cuarentena por Coronavirus, Siguen Asesinando Lideres Sociales” (El Tiempo (Colombia), March 27, 2020).
Al inicio de la cuarentena nacional dos líderes Embera y una defensora de derechos fueron asesinados
- Sebastian Forero Rueda, “Erradicacion Forzada de Coca No Da Tregua en Medio de Emergencia por Nuevo Coronavirus” (El Espectador (Colombia), March 27, 2020).
Erradicación forzada de coca no da tregua en medio de emergencia por nuevo coronavirus
- “Llamamos a Todos los Actores Armados a Hacer un Cese al Fuego: Onic” (El Espectador (Colombia), March 27, 2020).
Hablamos con Luis Fernando Arias, consejero mayor de la Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia, quien nos dio un panorama de cómo están las comunidades aborígenes de cara al coronavirus
- Brian Fitzpatrick, “Colombian Warlord: Release of Death Squad Boss ‘el Mono’ From U.S. Prison Has Canadian Victims Seeking Truth” (National Post (Canada), March 27, 2020).
When Salvatore Mancuso was shipped from Colombia to a U.S. cell, he said, ‘they extradited the truth.’ But his sentence ends today and he has secrets to tell
- Ricardo Monsalve Gaviria, “Fuerza Publica Marcha Entre la Seguridad y el Covid-19” (El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), March 27, 2020).
La Fuerza Pública adelanta un plan a nivel nacional para la prevención ante la expansión del covid-19. También se preparan por la posible llegada del virus a las filas del Ejército
- “Covid-19 Is No Excuse for Neglecting Protection of Colombia’s Human Rights Defenders” (Amnesty International, March 27, 2020).
Due to the restrictions imposed to contain the pandemic, state protection measures have been weakened, they can no longer keep moving from one location to another for their safety, and their attackers know that public security forces are focusing on issues related to the pandemic
- Patrick Oppmann, “Coronavirus-Hit Countries Are Asking Cuba for Medical Help. Why Is the Us Opposed?” (CNN, March 27, 2020).
“Cuba offers its international medical missions to those afflicted with #COVID?19 only to make up the money it lost when countries stopped participating in the abusive program,” tweeted an account for the US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
- “Organizations Call for Cuba Sanctions Suspension to Facilitate Humanitarian and Medical Supplies Amid Covid-19 Pandemic” (Several organizations, Washington Office on Latin America, March 27, 2020).
The undersigned organizations call on the U.S. government to issue a time-bound suspension of sanctions on Cuba to facilitate the flow of desperately needed humanitarian and medical supplies to the Cuban people as they cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
- Gabriela Caceres, Jaime Quintanilla, Nelson Rauda, “La Cuarentena del Triangulo Norte No Logra Detener los Vuelos de Deportados” (El Faro (El Salvador), March 27, 2020).
El ingreso de un grupo de deportados salvadoreños este martes 24 ocurrió apenas un día después de que el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés) presionara a los gobiernos del Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica para que levantaran sus cuarentenas en los aeropuertos
- Jorge E. Cuellar, “Deportation Contagions” (NACLA, March 27, 2020).
In the age of COVID-19, anything other than ending deportations is a high-risk, potentially disastrous move
- Maureen Meyer, “Mexico Issues Arrest Warrants for Obstructing Justice in Ayotzinapa Case” (Washington Office on Latin America, March 27, 2020).
A federal judge issued arrest warrants against five government officials and a former marine for torture, forced disappearance, and obstruction of justice in the case of the 43 students
- Eduard Ribas I Admetlla, “La Guardia Nacional, Apuesta de Amlo para Detener la Violencia, Cumple 1 Ano Sin Dar Resultados” (EFE, SinEmbargo (Mexico), March 27, 2020).
En febrero de este año hubo 2 mil 766 asesinatos, una cifra algo menor a los 2 mil 819 de enero y a los 2 mil 817 de febrero del año anterior
- Jean Guerrero, “Shutdown of U.S.-Mexico Border Leaves Migrants in Limbo and in Danger” (PBS NewsHour, March 27, 2020).
President Trump recently announced strict new border controls, citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Officials will now turn away most migrants entering the country from the U.S.-Mexico border — including people coming legally and fleeing violence. Jean Guerrero of KPBS spoke to families stuck in limbo at the country’s busiest land border crossing, just south of San Diego in Tijuana
- Ken Klippenstein, “The Coronavirus Is Trump’s Latest Excuse to Militarize the Border” (The Nation, March 27, 2020).
The memo requests 1,000 military personnel to support CBP operations at the northern border and an additional 540 for the southwest border
- Kate Morrissey, “Coronavirus Stalls Asylum System and Exacerbates Conditions of Migrants Waiting in Mexico” (The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 27, 2020).
Remain in Mexico cases have been postponed and the U.S. has stopped taking new asylum applications at border
- Jim Wyss, Nora Gamez Torres, “U.S. Indictment of Venezuela’s Maduro Carries Echoes of Noriega. Will It End the Same Way?” (The Miami Herald, March 27, 2020).
The 57-year-old leader still has some popular support and, critically, continues to enjoy the backing of the upper echelon of the Venezuelan military
- “Nicolas Maduro Moros and 14 Current and Former Venezuelan Officials Charged With Narco-Terrorism, Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Criminal Charges” (U.S. Department of Justice, March 27, 2020).
Since at least 1999, Maduro Moros, Cabello Rondón, Carvajal Barrios and Alcalá Cordones, acted as leaders and managers of the Cártel de Los Soles
- William K. Rashbaum, Benjamin Weiser, Katie Benner, “Venezuelan Leader Maduro Is Charged in the U.S. With Drug Trafficking” (The New York Times, March 27, 2020).
Federal prosecutors accused President Nicolás Maduro of participating in a narco-terrorism conspiracy, in a major escalation of the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure him to leave office
- Jay Weaver, Antonio MarÍa Delgado, “Feds Charge Venezuelan President Maduro, Other Top Officials With Narco-Terrorism” (The Miami Herald, March 27, 2020).
An indictment, unveiled at a video news conference in Washington, D.C., accuses Maduro and other current and former officials in his socialist regime of conspiring with the U.S.-designated terrorist group known as the FARC, so that Venezuela could be used as a base for narcotics shipments
- “Los Efectos de Ponerle Precio a la Cabeza de Nicolas Maduro” (El Espectador (Colombia), March 27, 2020).
El anuncio del gobierno de Donald Trump cierra la puerta a una solución negociada en Venezuela y reafirma la posición de Iván Duque de no hablar con el gobierno del vecino país
- Geoff Ramsey, “By Indicting Maduro, Trump Is Kneecapping a Transition in Venezuela” (The Washington Post, March 27, 2020).
Whatever incentive these key power brokers might have had to support a transition has been wiped out. They are each more likely to decide that they’re better off sticking with Maduro, even if it means going down with the ship
- Travis Waldron, “The U.S. Has ‘a Moral Obligation’ to Help Venezuela Deal With Its Coronavirus Outbreak” (The Huffington Post, March 27, 2020).
A group of Democratic senators joined growing calls for Trump to ease punishing sanctions and provide aid to Venezuela and Iran amid the worsening pandemic