LatinNews Daily - 08 September 2023

Main Briefing
On 7 September the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Volker Türk celebrated a ruling issued by Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) the previous day to decriminalise abortion at a federal level.... Read More
On 7 September the United Nations (UN) office in Peru expressed concern about a congressional investigation into the national judicial council (JNJ), warning that the investigation could weaken the separation of powers in Peru.... Read More
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has released the latest consumer price index, which shows monthly inflation of 0.70% in August, bringing the annual inflation rate to 11.43%.... Read More
On 7 September Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attended civic and military parades to commemorate the country’s 1822 declaration of independence, a public holiday which had been used by his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023) as a chance to celebrate right-wing nationalism as well as militaristic values.... Read More
* The Brazilian state-owned bank Banco do Brasil has announced that it has donated R$500,000 (US$100,453) to support relief efforts in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS), where storms have been causing severe floods since 2 September.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 7 September a retired Colombian soldier, Germán Rivera, pleaded guilty in a US court for his role in the July 2021 assassination of Haiti’s former president Jovenel Moïse (2017-2021).... Read More
* Costa Rica’s national statistics institute (Inec) has released new figures which show that monthly inflation in August was -0.16% which it says is the highest monthly deflation rate for the month of August of the last five years.... Read More
*Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the consumer price index (INPC) for August, which shows that monthly inflation was 0.55%, and that annual inflation stood at 4.64%.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 7 September Argentina’s economy minister, Sergio Massa, the presidential candidate for the ruling Peronist coalition Unión por la Patria (UP), issued an apology while warning that the inflation figure for August would not make for pleasant reading.... Read More
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released its figures on industrial manufacturing and construction in July, which showed that in year-on-year terms, industrial production was down 3.9% while construction was down 5.8%.... Read More

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