Category: This Week in Latin America

Colombia legalizes medically-assisted suicide

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s constitutional court legalized medically-assisted suicide in a ruling Wednesday, making it the first country in Latin America to do so.  Along with euthanasia, legalized in Colombia in 1997, […] Read More >

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador tours Central America and Cuba

THIS WEEK IN LATIN AMERICA CENTRAL AMERICA/MEXICO: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador toured Central America and Cuba as part of his government’s strategy to strengthen relations with the Latin […] Read More >

British Virgin Islands’ head of government arrested for drug trafficking

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS:  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Thursday arrested the British Virgin Islands’ head of government, Premier Andrew Fahie, in South Florida on drug trafficking and money […] Read More >

Mexican investigators find body of missing 18-year-old, Debanhi Escobar

THIS WEEK IN LATIN AMERICA MEXICO: Authorities this week discovered the body of Debanhi Escobar, who went missing on April 9 in the Northern state of Nuevo Leon, submerged in […] Read More >

Santiago de Chile prepares water rationing plan in face of 12-year drought

THIS WEEK IN LATIN AMERICA CHILE: The Governor of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago last Monday announced a protocol for rationing water in the capital to address a record-breaking 12-year […] Read More >

Electricity restored in Puerto Rico after major blackout

PUERTO RICO: A major blackout this week left more than 1.5 million clients – including households, businesses, and schools – without electricity, and over 160,000 without water. Authorities reported on […] Read More >

Economist Rodrigo Chaves to become Costa Rica’s new president

THIS WEEK IN LATIN AMERICA COSTA RICA: Economist Rodrigo Chaves won Sunday’s presidential election ahead of ex-president José María Figueres (1994-1998). Chaves, from the Social Democratic Progress Party (PPSD) was […] Read More >

Land defender Francia Márquez might become Colombia’s first Black vice president

COLOMBIA: Leading presidential candidate Gustavo Petro announced Wednesday that the Afro-environmentalist lawyer Francia Márquez will serve as his running mate in May’s presidential elections. Francia Márquez, who is from the […] Read More >

Colombia’s Constitutional Court legalizes abortion up to 24 weeks

THIS WEEK IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled on Monday to decriminalize abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. The decision came after years of organizing in Colombia […] Read More >

Dominican Republic begins building wall on Haitian border

THIS WEEK IN LATIN AMERICA DOMINICAN  REPUBLIC/HAITI: The government of the Dominican Republic on Sunday began construction of a wall along its border with Haiti. President Luis Abinader said that […] Read More >