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Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State

Latin America Report N°55, 23 October 2015

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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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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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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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Justice at the Barrel of a Gun: Vigilante Militias in Mexico, Latin America Briefing N°29, 28 May 2013

The rise of civilian militias to combat lawlessness will make it harder than ever to defeat the cartels unless the government regulates the vigilantes.

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Peña Nieto’s Challenge: Criminal Cartels and Rule of Law in Mexico, Latin America Report N°48, 19 Mar 2013

Mexico must build an effective police and justice system, as well as implement comprehensive social programs, if it is to escape the extraordinary violence triggered by the country’s destructive cartels in extortion, kidnapping and control of transnational crime. español

Videos

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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. (Also available in Spanish)