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Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

Latin America Briefing N°35, 23 June 2016

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Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country.

Recent Reports

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice, Latin America Briefing N°35, 23 Jun 2016

Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country.

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Crutch to Catalyst? The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, Latin America Report N°56, 29 Jan 2016

Dramatic changes upended Guatemalan politics in 2015. Forcing the pace were international prosecutors, bolstered in their fight against corruption and impunity by a great wave of support from ordinary citizens. If Guatemala’s national reforms continue when outside help leaves, it can become a true role model for the region.

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The End of Hegemony: What Next for Venezuela?, Latin America Briefing N°34, 21 Dec 2015

After a crushing defeat in parliamentary elections, Venezuela’s Chavista government needs to move away from confrontation. The executive must join the new legislative majority in a cooperation pact that can lead the country from deadlock to open democracy, and save it from a looming economic and humanitarian disaster.​

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Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State, Latin America Report N°55, 23 Oct 2015

Violence is up but impunity remains the norm in Guerrero, where the lines between organised crime and legitimate authority are often blurred. President Peña Nieto’s government must turn a new leaf and embrace new investigative bodies and international expertise capable of regaining the trust that Guerrero’s corrupted institutions have lost.

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Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster, Latin America Briefing N°33, 30 Jul 2015

Alongside Venezuela’s growing political tension, the collapse of the country’s economy and health care system are leading to an equally dangerous social crisis. To stave off a humanitarian disaster that could well turn today’s polarisation violent, Venezuela needs an emergency program, careful reform of price controls, political consensus, and international support.

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On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks, Latin America Briefing N°32, 2 Jul 2015

Recent advances have given Colombia’s peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) a much-needed respite, but, amid an escalation of violence, the risks of an involuntary collapse are real. Saving the process requires conflict de-escalation, swift progress on the agenda and rallying popular support.

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Back from the Brink: Saving Ciudad Juárez, Latin America Report N°54, 25 Feb 2015

For lessons on crime prevention, Mexico can look to the example of Ciudad Juárez, the world’s “murder capital” in 2008-2010. Government and citizens worked together to bring violence down by strengthening local law enforcement and addressing socio-economic inequalities. These initiatives should be monitored, refined and expanded if Mexico is to overcome its country-wide crisis of confidence at all levels.

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The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict, Latin America Report N°53, 11 Dec 2014

As they move toward a final peace agreement, the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) face the challenge of laying out a credible path for guerrilla fighters to abandon arms and reintegrate into society.

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Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia, Latin America Briefing N°31, 23 Sep 2014

The end of street protests does not mean the end of Venezuela’s crisis. Rising economic problems and unaddressed political demands could lead to renewed violence and threaten national stability. español   中文

Corridor of Violence: The Guatemala-Honduras Border, Latin America Report N°52, 4 Jun 2014

Ending bloodshed in this neglected border region requires more than task forces: credible institutions, access to state services and continuing security are also needed.

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Statements

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Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

8 April 2016: In this statement, Crisis Group recommends that the UN Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) draw lessons from a history of failed strategies and poor results and from our field experience to look closely at Latin America, where cartels outgun national police, coerce and corrupt officials and produce countless victims in a battle to control drug production, transport corridors and distribution networks.

The Colombian Government’s First Official Peace Talks with the ELN

31 March 2016: The International Crisis Group welcomes the announcement on 30 March of the “Agreement for Peace Talks between the National Government and the National Liberation Army” (ELN) in Colombia, and the beginning of a public phase of negotiations. These talks, together with those nearing completion with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, are the greatest opportunity to end 52 years of armed conflict.

Statement on the Transitional Justice Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC

24 September 2015: The agreement on transitional justice reached by the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and publicly announced yesterday in Havana is a major breakthrough in the four-year peace talks.

Political Turmoil in Guatemala: Opportunities and Risks

31 August 2015: Guatemala is confronting a fast-moving crisis of political legitimacy, as prosecutors reveal new evidence that appears to implicate President Otto Pérez Molina and his former vice president in an allegedly massive tax fraud scheme. Powerful business and civil society organisations are calling for the president’s resignation. Almost twenty years after the end of a bloody civil war, Guatemala has an opportunity to overcome a legacy of impunity, weak institutions and crippled political parties.

Lo que no es y lo que puede ser una comisión de la verdad

2 June 2015: Javier Ciurlizza states what a truth Commission in the Colombia peace process should aim for.

Colombia Peace Process: Lurching Backwards

26 May 2015: Colombia’s peace process faces its most serious crisis yet, after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspended a five month old unilateral ceasefire.

Colombia: A Dangerous Setback

16 April 2015: Read our statement on the attack by FARC on 14 April in Colombia, the deadliest guerrilla action since the peace negotiations began two and a half years ago. Time for UNASUR to Defuse the Crisis in Venezuela

11 March 2015: If Venezuela is not to continue sliding toward violent confrontation, the international community - in particular the members of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay, in addition to Venezuela) - must urgently devise measures that contribute to resolution of the grave political and economic crisis.

Videos

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El día después de mañana: las FARC y el fin del conflicto en Colombia

17 February 2015: Javier Ciurlizza, Crisis Group’s Latin America Program Director, summarizes the main challenges and recommendations of the Colombia peace process [en español].

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Peace in Colombia?

11 December 2014: In this series of videos, Javier Ciurlizza, Crisis Group’s Latin America Program Director, explains the complexity and challenges of reaching a final peace agreement between the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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Latest Translations

Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State
Latin America Report N°55
Now available in Spanish
On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks
Latin America Report N°32
Now available in Spanish
The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict
Latin America Report N°53
Now available in Spanish
Venezuela: Dangerous Inertia
Latin America Briefing N°31
Now available in Spanish

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