Brazil Senate Vote Could Shield Soldiers Charged With Abuses

Brazil’s Senate approved a controversial measure that would transfer jurisdiction for alleged crimes committed by members of the armed forces to the military itself, a controversial move that has been linked to impunity for abusive security forces in other cases…

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Mexico’s Disappearances Point to Ongoing Institutional Crisis

Following the recent disappearance of dozens of students outside the town of Iguala, in Guerrero State, Mexico, a mass grave was uncovered containing dozens of bodies – burned so badly the government has said it would take weeks to complete full forensic analyses. The discovery has spurred thousands of Mexicans to take to the streets across the country to protest, showing the extent of the widespread corruption riddling Mexican institutions…

Read this piece in its entirety at Security Assistance Monitor.