News Analysis

El Salvador Gangs and Security Forces Up the Ante in Post-Truce Battle

El Salvador Gangs and Security Forces Up the Ante in Post-Truce Battle

Since the dissolution of the gang truce, assassinations of police and military personnel and clashes between gangs and security forces have changed the security equation in El Salvador, closing any small window left to revive the short-lived and highly criticized ceasefire. Read More

News Briefs

Mexican Govt Commission Confirms Army Massacre

Mexican Govt Commission Confirms Army Massacre

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has determined that the army summarily executed 15 of the 22 suspects killed in a warehouse in June this year, confirming another case of grave human rights abuse by the security forces, a month after the disappearance of 43 students. Read More

'Peru's President Took $1Mn Donation from Informal Miners'

'Peru's President Took $1Mn Donation from Informal Miners'

A leader of Peru's informal mining sector has claimed that President Ollanta Humala accepted campaign funding in the run-up to the 2011 elections, raising questions over the current head-of-state's ties to the billion-dollar illicit gold mining industry.  Read More

Brazil's 'Friends' Gang Show their Muscle in Olympic Pool: Police

Brazil's 'Friends' Gang Show their Muscle in Olympic Pool: Police

A photo has emerged of suspected members of Rio's Amigos dos Amigos gang sporting weapons in a swimming pool set to be used in the 2016 Olympic Games, providing an indication of the security challenge criminal groups pose to major public events in Brazil. Read More

Venezuela Plans to Use Drones for Citizen Security

Venezuela Plans to Use Drones for Citizen Security

In an effort to improve citizen security, Venezuela plans to install radars that detect gunshots and drones equipped with video cameras, but the use of surveillance technology offers the potential for abuse.  Read More