The Latin America Section of IR Insider publishes breaking news reports and analysis from Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and other Central American, South American, and Caribbean nations. Topics covered in the Latin America Section may range from Mexican-US Relations to the Economic Crisis in Venezuela and beyond. Our section editors are Sarah Mendez and Carine Zambrano.
Last year, on the northern coast of Peru, anthropologists had found evidence of a mass ritual killing, which could be one of the world’s largest cases of child sacrifice.
President Iván Duque of Colombia objected to six of the 159 articles of the Peace Accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and has returned the Accord to Congress for adjustment, citing “reasons of inconvenience.”
Tensions have escalated in Venezuela as supporters of President Nicolás Maduro and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó take to the streets after nearly three days of nationwide blackouts.
Juan Guaidó, contested Interim President of Venezuela, has returned to Venezuela after visiting Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Ecuador to garner support and to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela.
An 11-year-old rape survivor was forced to give birth by C-section at 23 weeks pregnant after requests for an abortion were stalled by authorities and medical professionals for over five weeks. The baby is not expected to survive.
On July 18, 1994, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires was bombed, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. Argentine Jewish citizens grappled with not only a horrific anti-semitic attack but also with a long-awaited conviction.
Cuba’s highly anticipated referendum took place on Sunday. The result of this plebiscite will determine whether the new Constitution will be ratified or rejected. The current Cuban government is in support of ratifying the new Constitution, with the opposition campaigning for “No” vote in the plebiscite.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced on Thursday that he would restart talks with opposition leaders, who are calling for new elections in the wake of one of Nicaragua’s worst crises, which began a year ago.
Two civilians were killed and several others were injured in the town of Kumarakapay, Venezuela located near the border of Brazil.
Evelyn Hernández, a twenty-year-old woman who had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for giving birth to a stillborn baby, was recently released after the Supreme Court of El Salvador annulled the charge.
Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, more known as "El Chapo," was convicted Tuesday after a three-month drug trial in New York. El Chapo now faces life in prison. According to the New York Times, “there seemed to be little doubt from the start that he would be convicted.”
Protests erupted in Haiti calling for President Jovenel Moïse’s resignation from office.
A convoy of trucks containing humanitarian aid for Venezuela was stopped on Thursday afternoon in Cucuta, a Colombian city on the border with Venezuela.
Óscar Arias, Nobel Peace winner and former President of Costa Rica, was accused of sexual misconduct by six women, bringing the #MeToo movement in Latin America into the international spotlight.
Various European countries recognized Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela, a few weeks after Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, declared himself to be the new President of Venezuela.
On Saturday, protests formed nationwide in Venezuela as supporters of Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president on Jan. 23, took to the streets. Crowds have gathered in Venezuela’s major cities, including Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia, and Puerto Ordaz. The demonstrations seek to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to step down and call new elections.
On Wednesday, a judge convicted six men for the 1982 murder of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva of Chile. At the time, Mr. Frei was the leader of the opposition against dictator Augusto Pinochet. This conviction marks a historic ruling in the highest profile killing from the Pinochet regime.
Peruvians voted in a referendum on Sunday, December 9, regarding judicial and legislative reforms aimed at curbing corruption. The current president, Martín Vizcarra, proposed the referendum in July in response to rampant and excessive levels of corruption in Peru.
After 6 years allowing Julian Assange to reside at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Ecuador has finally gotten fed up. The alleged sexual predator and the WikiLeaks founder has been living in the Embassy since he claimed asylum in 2012 to attempt to escape extradition to Sweden over sexual assault and rape charges. Assange claimed the rape charges were a ruse to extradite him to the United States, though Swedish prosecutors later dropped the rape charges.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador was sworn in as Mexico’s new president over the weekend. López Obrador is set to govern for one six-year term, as presidents are not allowed to run for reelection in Mexico.
The Argentine Senate passed new austerity measures for the 2019 budget on Thursday, cutting social spending and raising debt payments. The steep cuts were introduced in order to meet conditions for a $56 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund.
In a shocking decision, Cuba announced Wednesday that it is recalling thousands of doctors deployed to impoverished and remote regions of Brazil, as part of Brazil’s More Doctor program. Experts claim the recalling of doctors will deal a significant blow to the already unstable economy.
Former Chilean Army Chief Juan Emilio Cheyre was sentenced to three years and one day of house arrest for his complicity in the deaths of 15 people following Pinochet’s coup d’état in 1973.
In his first international tour, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel reaffirmed bilateral relations, negotiated trade deals, and worked to secure a $50 million military loan from Russia.
The migrant caravan traveling from Honduras to the United States left Mexico City early Friday morning, continuing its journey to the U.S. despite a proclamation from the Trump administration restricting asylum claims.
Ecuador’s former President Rafael Correa requested asylum in Belgium in a bid to avoid extradition to Ecuador. News of Correa’s asylum request, which sources claim occurred in June, has arisen after Ecuador’s top court ordered Correa to stand trial regarding his alleged role in a botched kidnapping attempt of an opposition lawmaker in 2012.
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