Malala slams child separation during visit to South America
AMLO unveils legislative agenda
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 12, (Agencies): Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai described as “cruel” a policy launched by US President Donald Trump to separate children of illegal immigrants from their families, during her first visit to South America to promote girls’ education.
More than 2,300 children were separated from their parents after the Trump administration began a “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigrants in early May, seeking to prosecute all adults who cross the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. Trump stopped separating families last month following public outrage and court challenges.
“This is cruel, this is unfair and this is inhumane. I don’t know how anyone could do that,” Yousafzai told Reuters on Wednesday. “I hope that the children can be together with their parents.”
Her stern words contrasted with her effusive praise last year for Canada’s embrace of refugees under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, Malala also questioned Trump’s record on women’s rights.
Yousafzai, known widely by her first name, was visiting Rio de Janeiro to kick off the expansion of her education charity, the Malala Fund, into Latin America, starting with Brazil.
Her aim in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, is to advocate for more public spending on education, a tall task after the country passed a constitutional amendment freezing federal spending in real terms for two decades in order to reduce public debt.
She also hopes to get an estimated 1.5 million girls currently not in school into the classroom, with a special focus on minority groups who lag white children on key indicators like literacy and secondary school
Obrador unveils agenda:
Fresh off his landslide election win, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador unveiled his legislative agenda Wednesday, including an unusual plan for mid-term referendums to remove the president from office.
Speaking a day after electoral authorities confirmed his coalition will have an absolute majority in both houses of Congress, the anti-establishment leftist announced a 12-point plan for legislation to deliver the “true change” he has promised Mexicans fed up with crime and corruption.
The politician known as “AMLO” notably proposed a binding vote halfway through the six-year term on whether the president should continue in the job.
He also vowed to change Article 108 of the constitution so that a sitting president can be tried for corruption or election-rigging.
3 judicial officials slain:
Three Colombian judicial investigators were killed Wednesday when their vehicle was ambushed along the country’s southern border with Ecuador by a dissident rebel group, authorities said.
Officials said two of the men were incinerated to death when their car was torched by holdout guerrillas from the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
The same group has been behind a wave of drug-related violence, including the March kidnapping of three Ecuadorean newspaper workers who were later found slain. It is led by a former FARC mid-level commander, Walter Arizala, better known by his alias Guacho, who is the target of an intense military manhunt backed by the US.
It’s not clear what the judicial workers were investigating. The three worked for the chief prosecutor’s office in Colombia’s volatile Narino state, which is home to Colombia’s largest harvest of illegal coca crops.