police reform

200 Buenos Aires Police Jailed on Corruption Charges in 2016: Minister

The security minister of Buenos Aires province has indicated that authorities plan to continue an ongoing effort to reform the provincial police, a campaign that has already uncovered widespread corruption in the force…

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Honduras Drug Trade Reorganizing After Judicial Assault: Minister

Honduran Security Minister Julián Pacheco says the country’s drug trafficking groups have begun a process of reorganization following recent arrests and extraditions of powerful underworld players, mirroring a pattern observed in other countries across the region…

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Mexico Official Signals Shift Away from Militarized Security Strategy

Mexico’s Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong recently said that long-term security gains in the country will depend on improving socioeconomic conditions, signaling a possible shift away from the heavy-handed anti-crime strategy the government has pursued for years…

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Funding Issues Hold Back Northern Triangle Security, Justice Reforms

El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are all facing serious financial constraints that could hinder their ability to carry out reforms to police and judicial institutions and implement new security measures…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

UPDATE (May 24, 2016):

This article was written just one day after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced that it is “going through a severe financial crisis that will have serious consequences on its ability to fulfill its mandate and carry out its basic functions,” which include monitoring allegations of human rights crimes.

The IACHR says it will have to lay off some 40 percent of its current staff and cancel its next two sessions, which had been scheduled for July and October of this year.

The parent body of the IACHR, the Organization of American States (OAS), has faced serious financial problems for years due in part to non-payment of dues by some member states. Earlier this year, the Chairman of the Permanent Council of the OAS described the funding issues as an “existential threat” to the organization.