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Venezuelan Government Turned Drug Dens into ‘Torture Houses’

Shocking revelations by a Venezuelan government official about torture carried out by government institutions has allegedly revealed the existence of "torture...
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Trails Along Colombia-Venezuela Border Are Criminal Enclaves

In the aftermath of the closure of the Colombia-Venezuela border, criminal groups have seized control of illegal trails, known as "trochas," that have become the...
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Rare Public Apology Shines Light on Government Impunity in Mexico

The Mexican government recently issued a public apology to the families of five young people that were forcibly disappeared in January 2016 in Veracruz. The...
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Arrest of Venezuela’s New Political Star Potential Misstep by Police

Members of Venezuela’s political police detained and later freed the country’s new president of Parliament in an event that resembled a kidnapping, showcasing...
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Venezuela Police Hide Killings Behind Claims of Resisting Authority

A recent report concluded that, in Venezuela, government security forces were responsible for 37 percent of the homicides that occurred in capital city Caracas...
Seven of the eight men convicted for the murder of Berta Cáceres await jail time
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Guilty Verdict in Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras is Partial Justice

Authorities in Honduras found seven of the eight men accused in the high-profile murder of renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres guilty, a welcomed step...
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Accusations Against Guatemala Deputy Minister Open New Questions About President’s Cabinet

The indictment of a senior Guatemalan government official concerning his alleged participation in police death squads has reopened deep questions about President...
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Impunity Persists in LatAm Cases of Murdered Journalists

A new report says that authorities in Latin America continue to struggle in prosecuting cases of murdered journalists, suggesting an unwillingness to adequately...
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Coca Regions Most Deadly for Colombia Activists

A recent UN report shows that, in Colombia, the farming of coca for illicit use has not only increased, but has potentially also had significant adverse effects on...
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In Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras, Prosecutors Will Fall Short*

The murder trial of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras could open a small window into the nexus between criminal networks and elites, but will more...
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Restrictions on Venezuela Migrants Boost Criminal Networks

New immigration restrictions announced by some countries in Latin America to stem the tide of migrants fleeing Venezuela could create a boomerang effect in the...
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Security Crisis Stains Peña Nieto’s Legacy in Mexico

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto’s final report on the state of the country showed that the security crisis will be one of his darkest legacies and one of the...