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.
02 February 2015
Federal forces 6 Jan clashed with vigilante groups who had taken over city hall of Apatzingán, Michoacán, leaving nine dead. Soldiers 12 Jan used tear gas to disperse parent ...
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.
Ending bloodshed in this neglected border region requires more than task forces: credible institutions, access to state services and continuing security are also needed.
Bringing the National Liberation Army (ELN) into the current round of negotiations is vital for durable peace.
Ensuring a prompt and fair retrial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt is crucial to finally bringing justice to victims of the armed conflict and to reconciling a fragile democracy with its citizens.
To secure a lasting peace, talks between Colombia’s government and FARC rebels need to include a clear, credible and coherent plan for reckoning with decades of human rights abuses.
The rise of civilian militias to combat lawlessness will make it harder than ever to defeat the cartels unless the government regulates the vigilantes.
Legal challenges to the close 14 April presidential election and the government’s reluctance to commit to a full review cast a shadow over the sustainability of the new administration in an already deeply polarised Venezuela.
Read our statement on the conviction of former military dictator José Efrain Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Crisis Group in Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia's Peace Talks
19 September 2013: Peace talks are currently underway in Havana between the Colombian government and representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Peña Nieto's Challenge: Criminal Cartels and Rule of Law in Mexico
15 March 2013: Javier Ciurlizza, Crisis Group's Latin America Program Director, looks at the challenges and opportunities Mexico faces as it combats drug violence.
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