Sandra Cuffe

Sandra Cuffe

Sandra Cuffe is a freelance journalist based in Central America, where she covers human rights, social movements, environmental issues and militarisation.

Latin America

Guatemala ex-dictator's daughter barred from presidential race

Court rules Zury Rios cannot run due to constitutional ban on relatives of leaders who came to power by force.

Guatemala ex-dictator's daughter barred from presidential race

Latin America

Panama elections: Centrist Laurentino Cortizo declared winner

Laurentino 'Nito' Cortizo, who promised to combat inequality, declared president-elect in a close race.

Panama elections: Centrist Laurentino Cortizo declared winner

Panama

Panama votes to elect president amid corruption scandals

Surveys show the ruling Panamenista Party will lose power in elections marked by outrage over corruption allegations.

Panama votes to elect president amid corruption scandals

Panama

Corruption concerns cast shadow over Panama's elections

Voters expected to kick out the ruling party on Sunday, as they've done in every election since the return to democracy.

Corruption concerns cast shadow over Panama's elections

Guatemala

Guatemala's top presidential contenders face expulsion from race

Country's electoral tribunal bars former Attorney General Thelma Aldana as legal battles continue.

Guatemala's top presidential contenders face expulsion from race

Latin America

Activists question Central America-US security cooperation deal

Central American and Mexican activists worry focus on security to address migration neglects root causes.

Activists question Central America-US security cooperation deal

Latin America

War, amputation, refuge: A Salvadoran migrant's story

Jose de Eugenio Lopez has fled his El Salvador home three times. Last month, he received protection in Mexico.

War, amputation, refuge: A Salvadoran migrant's story

International Women's Day

Guatemalan women protest against decades of state violence

At annual International Women's Day march in Guatemala, families remember those who've suffered from state violence.

Guatemalan women protest against decades of state violence

Latin America

Central Americans confront amnesty for war crimes

Opposition grows to legislative initiatives in Guatemala and El Salvador that would set war criminals free.

Central Americans confront amnesty for war crimes

Indigenous rights

Indigenous Xinka march over contested Guatemalan mine

The Xinka say Pan American Silver, a mining company based in Canada, isn't compliant with a Constitutional Court ruling.

Indigenous Xinka march over contested Guatemalan mine

Indigenous rights

Guatemala war crime survivors challenge amnesty bill

Indigenous survivors filed for an injunction against a bill that would free country's war criminals.

Guatemala war crime survivors challenge amnesty bill

Asylum Seekers

Palm oil industry expansion spurs Guatemala indigenous migration

Death of Jakelin Caal in US custody highlights how land conflicts and displacement fuel flight from indigenous villages.

Palm oil industry expansion spurs Guatemala indigenous migration