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United States Department of State state.gov 15 Sep, 2021 19:00 am

Bicentennial of Independence in Central America

Bicentennial of Independence in Central America

On behalf of the American people, I convey regards to our Central American neighbors in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, who today are each celebrating the 200th anniversary of their independence, initially as a united Central America.Just as the United States has been shaped and enriched by visitors and immigrants from Central America, we have seen the concepts of democracy and human rights, which are bedrock values to the people of the United States, solidify in the aspirations of our Central American neighbors.The United States is determined to partner with the people of Central America to achieve a more democratic, more secure, more prosperous, and more inclusive future.That event confirmed for me that Central America as a region can be stronger if we all work together.

While many Central America citizens are secure in the protections of democracy and human rights, anti-democratic developments pose a growing threat to Central America’s future.Unfortunately, alarming attacks against judicial independence, civil society and the press, and the separation of powers elsewhere in Central America increase risks that the people and economies of those nations will face a more authoritarian future as well.

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