Category: Andes

Seven people murdered in south-western Colombia, responsibilities are yet unclear

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The bodies of seven people with signs of torture were found near the village of Argelia, in the south-western region of Cauca early Monday morning. Local […] Read More >

High court in Peru rejects ex-President Toledo’s attempt to stop extradition request

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA PERU: A high court rejected a petition by former president Alejandro Toledo to declare invalid a request to the United States for his extradition. Toledo has […] Read More >

Venezuela averted a military coup ahead of May’s presidential elections

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: Several dozen officers from all four branches of Venezuela’s armed forces were imprisoned on accusations of treason by a military court in mid-May for planning […] Read More >

Colombian Senate approves transitional justice law, but with changes

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The Senate approved yesterday the bill that creates an operating manual for the special peace justice, the lynchpin of the peace process with the FARC, […] Read More >

UN High Commissioner of Human Rights says rule of law is “virtually absent” in Venezuela

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released this morning a report denouncing the failure of Venezuelan authorities to hold accountable perpetrators of serious […] Read More >

Ecuador’s High court includes former president Correa in kidnap probe

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ECUADOR: The National Court of Justice ordered former President Rafael Correa be included in an investigation into the attempted kidnapping by police officers of an opposition […] Read More >

Iván Duque, conservative heir to former president, wins Colombian presidential elections

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: Yesterday, Colombians went to the polls and elected young conservative Iván Duque in a runoff vote against former leftwing mayor of Bogotá Gustavo Petro, the […] Read More >

First case of polio detected in Venezuela since 1989

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: A case of polio was confirmed on Saturday in the Delta Amacuro state of northeastern Venezuela by a report from the Pan-American Health Organization. This is the […] Read More >

Venezuela releases Chevron executives, Spain arrests son of Venezuelan oil magnate

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA: Two local executives of U.S. oil company Chevron were freed yesterday after almost two months in jail on corruption charges. Carlos Algarra and René Vásquez are […] Read More >

Trump administration calls for the suspension of Venezuela from OAS

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA-UNITED STATES: The Trump administration used the General Assembly of the Organization of American States yesterday to call for the suspension of Venezuela and the use […] Read More >