News Analysis

Lessons for LatAm from Colombia's Extrajudicial Killings

Lessons for LatAm from Colombia's Extrajudicial Killings

A report implicating top Colombian army officers in extrajudicial killings committed by soldiers further illustrates how the criteria used to measure success in the fight against criminal groups can lead to widespread abuse -- a phenomenon seen elsewhere in Latin America. Read More

News Briefs

UN vs White House Coca Estimate Slapdown

UN vs White House Coca Estimate Slapdown

Once again, there are significant discrepancies between how much coca the White House estimates is grown in Colombia, versus numbers from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Read More

After Tlatlaya, Excessive Force Remains Top Concern in Mexico

After Tlatlaya, Excessive Force Remains Top Concern in Mexico

A year after Mexico's Tlatlaya massacre, new data show a pattern of lethality and excessive force in confrontations between authorities and civilians, underscoring claims that the government needs to do more in curbing human rights abuses by the security forces.  Read More

Brazil Decides to Try Children as Adults for Violent Crimes

Brazil Decides to Try Children as Adults for Violent Crimes

Brazil's House of Representatives has voted in favor of a bill that will see youths tried as adults, a controversial move that is unlikely to deter criminal groups from recruiting minors. Read More

Mexico Courts Can't Agree on 'El Menchito' Case

Mexico Courts Can't Agree on 'El Menchito' Case

The son of a leader of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG) has been arrested three times and released twice by Mexico's justice system, highlighting the difficulties authorities face in mounting viable cases against alleged high-level cartel members. Read More