Latin America

UN rights chief disturbed by Suriname amendment on immunity for violations

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, today said she was “disturbed” by the recent decision by Suriname to pass an amendment to an existing law that grants immunity for human rights violations committed during the 12-year period in which the country was, for the most part, under military rule.

UN independent experts call on Honduras to adopt measures to stop killing of lawyers

Two United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of Honduras to adopt concrete measures to stop the killing of lawyers in the country, stressing that they should be able to carry out their functions without risking their lives.

Ban and head of South American bloc discuss regional issues, sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met yesterday with the head of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), María Emma Mejía Vélez, in discussions touching on cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, the issue of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and sustainable development.

El Salvador must address social inequality to consolidate its peace process – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on El Salvador to address its socio-economic inequalities and advance rule of law reform to ensure its citizens can experience positive and tangible results from the peace process that was initiated 20 years ago at the end of its civil war.

Latin American growth predicted to slow down due to economic crisis – UN report

Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will slow down next year due to the sluggish performance of the world economy and uncertainty and volatility of financial markets, warns a United Nations report released today.

Latin American poverty levels fall to lowest in two decades, UN report finds

Poverty rates in Latin America have dropped to their lowest levels in 20 years, according to a new United Nations report which highlights public spending levels as one of the key factors that has allowed the continent to continue to grow despite the global economic crisis.

Environmental and economic reforms needed for Latin American development, UN hears

Four Latin American countries have called for environmental and economic reforms to ensure growth in their region during the General Assembly’s annual general debate.

Violent crime threatens development in Latin America and Caribbean – UN

High levels of crime and insecurity continue to pose a challenge to social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, despite steady improvements in governance over the past two decades, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has warned.

UN chief to embark on four-nation Latin America visit this week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart New York on Friday for a week-long trip that will take the United Nations chief to Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, the world body announced today.

Poverty in Latin America returns to pre-crisis levels, UN report finds

The number of poor people in Latin America will fall this year to 180 million – the pre-crisis levels seen in 2008 – thanks to robust economic recovery in most of the countries of the region, says a United Nations report released today.