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Backsliding in Guatemala

This column draws attention to troubling developments in Guatemala. International groups that have aided post-conflict anti-corruption reform are being denied access and professional leadership of the police has been “decapitated.” The column describes “what appears to be a concerted attack … Continue reading

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Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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Most murderous cities

This article and map identify the world’s 50 deadliest cities in 2016. There is certainly a pattern — 43 are in Latin America and the Caribbean, 4 in the mainland U.S., and 3 in South Africa. Cities in Mexico, Brazil, … Continue reading

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Private security, crime & violence in Latin America

A new report shows that private security is booming in Latin America and that it fuels rising crime and violence more than it enhances public security, according to this article. In El Salvador, 40% of illegal firearms were diverted from … Continue reading

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Anti-corruption weakened in Guatemala

This article reports removal of the police director and other top commanders in Guatemala, following replacement in January of the Interior Minister and head of the country’s Internal Revenue Service. The changes are interpreted as retaliation for anti-corruption investigations focused … Continue reading

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Nicaragua bucks the trend

This article contrasts Nicaragua with its neighbors in relation to violence and youth gangs. The country has followed a prevention approach rather than the more popular heavy-handed suppression route, resulting in “the smallest police force in Central America, with the … Continue reading

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2017 homicide rates in Latin America

This article summarizes 2017 homicide data for Latin America and the Caribbean. Venezuela had the highest rate, 89 per 100,000 population, with over 20% of killings attributed to security forces. Chile had the lowest rate at 3.3, followed by Ecuador, … Continue reading

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