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With Political Wars over, Central American Violence Takes New Forms in Region in Urgent Need for Peace

LADB Article ID: 79713
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2015-07-30
By: George Rodríguez

Decades of political internal wars are over in Central America, but the region—particularly its northern area—labeled as one of the most dangerous worldwide, is now hit by a spiraling new brand of violence, unleashed by local as well as international crime. The problem is present in differing degrees throughout Latin America, hindering human rights, and its worst expressions take center stage in Central America, whose Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras—is a regrettable case study. Among other consequences, criminal violence is causing internal displacement and massive migration—including that of thousands of unaccompanied minors—toward the US, Inter-American Human Rights System officials told NotiCen. The region’s northern trio spent the better part of last century under ruthless military régimes, characterized—as was the case of dictatorships throughout the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean—by state-terror policies coupled with corruption and impunity.

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