Nicaragua Becoming Regional Safe Haven for LatAm Fugitives

The recent granting of political asylum in Nicaragua to a fugitive from Guatemala is the latest sign that the Central American nation is becoming a regional safe haven for wanted criminals, which could be an attempt to undermine the region’s efforts to address crime and widespread corruption.

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Are Mexico President-Elect’s Security Proposals Wishful Thinking?

Mexico President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has set himself the task of shifting the country’s heavy-handed, militarized security policies against organized crime to more holistic solutions. But how realistic are his proposals?

López Obrador, who will take power on December 1, promised change to a disheartened electorate that has suffered more than a decade of militarization and brutal violence during the so-called “war on drugs,” which has claimed more than 200,000 lives since it began in 2006.

From rooting out endemic corruption to scaling back militarization, InSight Crime ranked López Obrador’s five main security proposals by their likelihood to succeed, with the first being the most promising.

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Could Nicaragua ‘Parapolice’ Groups Turn Criminal?

Armed “parapolice” groups have played a central role in the violent repression of opposition protesters in Nicaragua over the past several weeks, but it remains to be seen if these groups will evolve from political shock troops into criminal organizations engaged in activities like extortion and kidnapping.

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Mexico, Deadliest Place for Media, Advances Journalist’s Murder Case

On May 15, 2017, famed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was walking towards his car in his hometown of Culiacán in the Pacific state of Sinaloa when gunmen pulled up beside him, ordered him to kneel and shot him dead with a dozen bullets.

The slaying of Valdez, who was internationally recognized for his fearless coverage of organized crime, brought a renewed wave of international condemnation of violence against journalists — particularly in Mexico, which the International Press Institute recently described as “the deadliest place in the world to work in the media.”

In the year since Valdez’s murder, his case has highlighted Mexican authorities’ struggle to thoroughly investigate crimes against press workers while also serving as a reminder of the dangers that come with reporting on crime and corruption in Mexico.

Although most cases of murders of journalists in Mexico go unpunished, there have been several recent breaks in the investigation of Valdez’s killing.

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Famed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas