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Just Caribbean Updates:El Salvador offers Haiti technical aid (January 31, 2023)

Just Caribbean Updates:El Salvador offers Haiti technical aid (January 31, 2023)

El Salvador has offered to send a technical mission to Haiti to prepare a comprehensive proposal on how to solve the country’s security and gang crisis in Haiti.

The South-South cooperation proposal comes amid international reluctance to send military aid to Haiti, where gangs control large swathes of the country. El Salvador has implemented a controversial crackdown against gangs for nearly a year. Bukele’s government has been criticized for human rights abuses in his security policies. (Miami Herald)

Last week, hundreds of armed men claiming to be police officers attacked the Haitian prime minister’s residence and the country’s main airport. The riots came after six police officers died in an armed attack against a police substation in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley. The deaths are part of a wave of killings of police in Haiti, which is beleaguered by violent gang warfare: The National Human Rights Defense Network of Haiti said at least 18 police officers have been “victims of acts detrimental to their lives” since the start of the year. (See last Friday’s Latin America Daily Briefing)

Caribbean and the World

  • This year could be transformative for U.S.-Caribbean cooperation, “but for that to happen, the United States must change its Caribbean strategy by focusing on making good on its promises, letting the Caribbean lead, and updating security partnerships,” argues Wazim Mowla in the New Atlanticist.

  • Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said he hopes the time has come to stop talking and start executing the actions the United States and other large countries have committed to, to help Caribbean nations achieve their energy goals. Speaking at the Atlantic Council Davis said Caribbean nations are ready to act on U.S. promise for a Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030. (Nassau Guardian)

Climate Justice and Energy

  • Barbados wants to reform the way rich countries finance poor countries in a climate crisis. The island’s Bridgetown Initiative, led by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley, sets out three ways to change how development finance works. — World Economic Forum

  • Simon Stiell, the Grenadian head of the United Nations’ climate change agency is preparing for the most important climate change change since the Paris Agreement of 2015, saying he wants this year’s negotiations (COP28) to be recorded as “a decisive moment in history.” (Caribbean Media Corporation)

  • Guyana President Irfaan Ali says oil and natural gas will be around for a while in the Caribbean, despite regional commitment to reducing fossil fuel dependence. “Countries are simply bogged down by their pressing developmental needs, constantly battling natural disasters and keeping up with global challenges,” Ali said at a conference organized by the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago. (Loop NewsCaribbean Media Corporation)

  • Debt relief in exchange for commitments to preserve nature is a greenwashing risk, according to Barclays. (Bloomberg)

  • Trinidad and Tobago should make greenhouse gas emissions reporting mandatory, argues Environmental Management Authority head Nadra Nathai-Gyan. (TTGuardian)

  • CESaRE Voices unpacks a key outcome of the COP27 in Egypt – The Loss and Damage Fund (LDF).

Human Rights

  • The U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights published a new General Comment on the relationship between human rights defenders and land.

  • Recent LGBTQ rights advances in the Caribbean — the striking down of same-sex criminalization laws in several countries — “come at a critical inflection point in the hemisphere, where democratic backsliding and growing backlash to LGBTI rights threaten to imperil hard-won gains,” writes Ari Shaw in Global Americans.

Economics and Finance

  • IDB Invest joined forces with Home Mortgage Bank (HMB) and RBC Caribbean in its subscription for the first social bond in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region.

Decolonization and Reparations

  • The Dutch royal family is on tour of the Dutch Caribbean — a visit focused on the history of slavery, climate change and culture on the islands. (NLTimesLoop)


  • Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez is an Afro-Puerto Rican writer, educator, and scholar whose work motivates underrepresented scholars to map relations through decolonial, cultural, and spiritual analysis — Isele Magazine


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