Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world for activists fighting for their land or trying to safeguard the environment, according to a Global Witness report, which also provides insight into why these defenders are at such high risk.
Female gang members in Honduras are taking a more active role in criminal activities as gang leaders are transferred into maximum security prisons, a Honduras newspaper reported. If true, the long-term implications could be devastating.
One of Honduras' most notorious drug traffickers has agreed to cooperate with US authorities after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges. His testimony could implicate high-ranking members of Honduras' security forces and possibly even a member of President Juan Orlando Hernández's family just as the president revs up his re-election campaign.
In a meeting held with the presidents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America last week in Miami, the administration of US President Donald Trump reiterated that henceforth the focus of bilateral relations will be prioritizing heavy-handed approaches to the so-called "drug war" and illegal migration to the United States stemming from the region, with little significance being given to the allocation of development funds.