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Covid 19 Update: Situation Dire for Women Workers in Honduras’ Maquila Zones

Update from the Honduran Women’s Collective – (CODEMUH)
Maria Luisa Regalado, Director

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CoDevelopment Canada and Communities Resisting Racism

CoDevelopment Canada stands with and supports the black community and all racialized communities; every day, everywhere to end racism in all forms. (more…)

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COVID Update: Nicaragua

Nicaragua – MEC (Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women)

The world pandemic is not only affecting the global economy, it is also having a devastating impact on the local economies, particularly in developing countries. In Nicaragua, according to the Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women (MEC), 42 textile Industry companies have fired 5,768 workers1. Daniel Ortega’s government, official unions and the Nicaraguan business sector signed an agreement called the “Tripartite agreement” which violates many Nicaraguans workers’ rights.

Sandra Ramos and the Maria Elena Cuadra Movement monitored Nicaragua’s free trade zone, in Managua, Masaya and Carazo. When the monitoring began in March, there were 83,980 workers employed. As of May 1, 2020, when the monitoring was completed, there were 42,167 workers still operating in the Free Trade Zone. This means that 41,813 workers were fired, suspended or forced to take extended vacation time.

According to the international media, the lack of preventive measures in Nicaragua is putting peoples’ health at risk2; MEC is currently supporting this population most of whom are women by providing basic food supplies. Sandra Ramos and MEC’s staff are constantly monitoring this population due to the nature of MEC’s work which includes un-employed women.

These are some results of the monitoring conducted by CoDev’s Nicaraguan partner as of May 1st:

1 https://www.articulo66.com/2020/05/03/despidos-zonas-francas-nicaragua-coronavirus-covid-19/
2 https://www.bbc.com/mundo/52530594

COVID Update: Colombia

Colombia – NOMADESC (Association for Research and Social Action)

Killings and Serious violations to Human Rights worsen during lock down in Colombia

The COVID-19 crisis in Colombia as in other countries in Latin America, has had a serious impact on the health system and an already ailing economy. However, as the virus continues to spread in Colombia and with preventive measures being extended, there is a worsening food crisis and violence is on the rise with assassinations of social leaders, human rights defenders and former guerrilla members.

The Colombian Government has extended the State of Emergency until August 31 and mandatory preventive isolation until May 31st. As of May 19, Colombia has 16,935 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 4,050 have recovered and 613 have died in this world pandemic1.

Jorge Enrique Oramas Vásquez. Social Leader assassinated on May 17, 2020.

In Cali, Valle del Cauca, CoDev’s Colombian Partner NOMADESC, has been monitoring and denouncing the human rights situation. In May 16, NOMADESC condemned the violent displacement of 70 families by the anti-riot squad of the Colombian forces – ESMAD from uninhabited terrain in the area known as Piedra, the neighborhood of Siloe. The ESMAD and the police used tear gas against the families who settled in that area as a result of the humanitarian crisis unleashed by the spread of the COVID-19.

One day later on May 17, NOMADESC and the Intercultural University of Peoples expressed condolences for the assassination of Jorge Enrique Oramas Vasquez, a land defender and who openly opposed mining operations in the zone of Los Farallones in Cali.

[1] https://www.telesurtv.net/news/colombia-duque-amplia-cuarentena-hasta-mayo-20200519-0049.html