Latin America

Brazil goes to the polls on Sunday. It could be the country’s most important election ever.

Brazil’s leading presidential candidate, a far-right politician named Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed at a campaign rally last month in an attack that left him in serious condition. When the candidate returned home from the hospital last week, Brazilians staged large demonstrations both for and against his controversial, ultra-conservative agenda…

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Crime and Security High on Voters’ Agendas in Brazil Election

Brazil is just days away from the first round of this year’s general election, and rising crime and security will play an important role in shaping the outcome of the contest, which in turn will help shape how the country confronts the deteriorating security situation…

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Can Governments Deter Violence Committed by Crime Groups?

For decades, governments throughout Latin America have responded to violent criminal groups with militarized campaigns aimed — in many cases futilely — at dismantling or destroying them. These crackdowns often exacerbate violence, but there may be a better way to handle the problem…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

FARC Dissident Leader’s Death Could Shake Up Colombia’s Pacific Coast

Security forces in Colombia killed a high-level leader of a criminal group descended from recently demobilized leftist guerrillas, potentially paving the way for an outbreak of conflict on the Pacific coast as rival organizations try to fill the vacuum…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

El Salvador Congress Makes ‘Extraordinary’ Prison Measures Permanent

El Salvador’s Congress passed a bill that makes permanent a previously temporary tightening of security measures in prisons, cementing a policy that has been criticized as ineffective and harmful to inmates’ human rights…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.