Latin America & Caribbean
Rafael Correa terms prison sentence an act of political persecution

Rafael Correa was sentenced to eight years in prison on bribery and corruption charges. The former president condemned the verdict and called it a measure to prevent him from running in the 2021 presidential elections

Ecuador’s Rafael Correa sentenced to 8 years in prison on bribery and corruption charges

Following the verdict, Correa has been barred from electoral politics for 25 years. The former president condemned the decision and termed it a bid to prevent him and his allies from contesting the presidential elections next year

Under COVID-19 stress, healthcare crumbles in neoliberal Ecuador

In the city of Guayaquil in Guayas, dead bodies, most likely victims of the pandemic, are piling up on streets as funeral services fail to collect them on time, forcing families to abandon them.

Chile is another example of the failure of neoliberalism to respond to coronavirus

Chile has already entered the Stage 4 coronavirus transmission scenario and the country’s Health Minister has ruled out imposing total quarantine to contain the spread of the virus

“No prison in Colombia can deal with coronavirus, if they leave us here we are facing the death penalty”

Julián Gil, social leader of Congreso de los Pueblos, talks from prison about the danger faced by thousands of inmates amid the coronavirus pandemic

In times of COVID-19, US escalates threats against Venezuela

The United States government under Donald Trump is continuing to increase pressure on Venezuela even during the COVID-19 pandemic

Save lives to save the economy, says Via Campesina Brazil

The movement has criticized the approach of the Jair Bolsonaro government to the crisis and the economy. It has called for adequate funding and resources for the health system and relief measures for workers

Trump sends gun boats to Venezuela while the world partners to fight a deadly pandemic

The Trump administration has used the fabricated narco-trafficking charges against Maduro and other officials as an excuse to intensify pressure on Venezuela

Dead bodies on the streets of Ecuador expose failure of the government amid pandemic

Lenín Moreno’s neoliberal policies, with cuts to health and prioritization of foreign debt, have caused a collapse in the healthcare system

ICRC urges Mexico and Central American countries to protect migrants against COVID-19

The ICRC highlighted that migrants are more vulnerable to coronavirus due to lack of access to healthcare and conditions for isolation and hygiene measures

Brazil coronavirus Bolsonaro denounced for crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court

The President of Brazil is considered to be “putting the lives of the population at risk” by ignoring the WHO recommendations regarding COVID-19.

Colombians protest over lack of aid during quarantine

Most protesters are day laborers, who have become unemployed because of the national quarantine, and do not have enough money to feed their families and pay for essential services

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