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Security Services Colombia News – Increasing crime levels in Colombia and the impact of the FARC Peace Process

Colombia, like many other Latin American countries, continues to experience a spike in violent crimes. The most worrying aspect of the whole scenario is the diminishing probability of culprits being punished. Most of the violence emanates from the fact is a hub for organised crime. Many officials feel that the increasing crime levels may have […]

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Security Services Ecuador News – Ecuador opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso attacked

A football game attended by Ecuador’s opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso in Quito was disrupted and as Lasso left the stadium together with his family, they were attacked by a mob. According to reports, the mob was armed with sticks, stones, bottles and knives. The leftist mob, described in some quarters as paid agitators, greeted […]

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Head of Guatemala’s CICIG Responds to Smear Campaign

Recent rumours on social media disparaging the head of Guatemala have been attributed to dismantled criminal networks attempting to discredit the work of the anti-impunity. Iván Velásquez gave an interview to CNN en Espanol on February 10, to which he stated that rumours are nothing more than a smear campaign. One of the rumours circulating […]

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Vice President of Venezuela Is Highest Ranking Official Accused of Drug Trafficking

A recent decision by the United Stated to sanction Vice President Tareck El Aissami makes him the highest-ranking official to be accused of drug-trafficking under President Nicolas Maduro’s Government. Sanctions were announced on February 13 by the Treasury Department. The allegations state that the El Aissami had control over the planes that left a Venezuelan […]

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FARC Guerrillas Demobilise, Although Militias Remain in Field

The Government’s High Commissioner for Peace recently tweeted that 5,784 members of the FARC network had agreed to enter the Transitory Hamlet Zones for Normalisation, as well as detailing camps where members of the guerrilla faction will surrender their weapons under the scrutiny of the United Nations. However, it is estimated that the total number […]

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Colombia Government and ELN Rebels Set Date for Peace Talks

New peace talks between Colombia and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional are planned to start in February, forming a step forward in a much-delayed peace process. The talks were confirmed during a press conference in Quito, Ecuador on January 18, which will host the talks when they take place. It is believed that the ELN […]

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Venezuelan acting president Nicolas Maduro(L) clinches his fist next to his wife Cilia Flores(R) while they attend the funeral of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taken from the Military Academy to former 4 de Febrero barracks in Caracas, on March 15, 2013. The body of Chavez was moved Friday to the barracks in a final march to honor of the leftist leader a month before elections are held to pick his successor. The Caracas military academy, where Chavez's casket has been on view, served as the starting point for the procession escorting the remains of the 58-year-old, who last week succumbed to cancer after 14 years in power.  AFP PHOTO/LEO RAMIREZ

Venezuela Government Looks to Arm Civilians to Combat Crime

There have been concerns raised in relation to Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, who is looking to introduce new anti-crime measures, which include supplying civilians with arms, as well as giving supervised groups the right to gather intelligence. Although security experts have raised concerns surrounding the plans, the Government remained firm that only ‘the people can […]

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Data Shows That Lynching Is Up 650 Percent in Venezuela

According to official data, a major rise in lynchings has been reported in Venezuela as of September 2016. This is a great increase when compared to 2015 statistics, that only showed there to be ten lynchings in 2015. However, this report stems from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Justice and Peace, and others report the […]

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Conflict Between Cartels Cited for Recent Violence in Mexico

A recent spate of violent outbreaks in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula point towards a conflict between drug cartels who are fighting for control of the area. The most recent outbreak took place on January 16th when four people were killed following an armed group attacking the state prosecutor’s office in Cancun. Only hours before, five people […]

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