December 2018 newsletter 

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CENTRAL AMERICA

Two important socio-political crises have arisen in Nicaragua and Guatemala. In Nicaragua, the government has responded with violence to the civil society protests. More than 400 people have been killed by the police and paramilitary forces. Most of those killed were young people who were students in national universities and schools. Although the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) of the United Nations have condemned the government actions against the human rights and called for political dialogue, the repression continues against civilians. The crisis has continued for five months and there is no will from the government to solve it in the short term.

In Guatemala, the government is in conflict with the United Nation Commissions against corruption and impunity (CICIG). This commission has denounced many cases of corruption from politicians and government servants. The Supreme Court has declared the presence of this commission as necessary, but the government does not accept this resolution and decided to expel to the current Commissioner leading the investigation on corruption.

Despite the difficult context existing in the four countries, the Central America programme is closely working with partners to build opportunities and in the case of Nicaragua, facilitating resources for protection since the government has accused civil society organisations to be part of a Coup d’état.

Partner update

Partner Hibiscus Cooperative accessed an investment as part of the ACRE programme. With this investment, the cooperative will improve the capacity to continue supplying hibiscus flower to the supermarket network in Nicaragua.

Christian Aid partner CASM has a new EU project to promote decent job regulations in Honduras. CA is part of this project and will promote safeguarding policies as part of the project activities to protect the workers.

Prayer Request

Please, pray for the innocent people of Nicaragua who are suffering violence and repression. Pray for those who lost sons, daughters or any other relative just for claiming justice and democracy.

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