Crime and Impunity in Guatemala

Author: Ryan Lincoln

“Gang violence, drug trafficking, brutal killings of women, and attacks against human rights defenders and others who speak out against corruption and impunity have increased exponentially and threaten the very foundations of Guatemala’s fragile democracy.” – Senator Patrick Leahy, Floor of US Senate, 26 July 2008


Guatemala is still struggling to recover from a protracted civil war that devastated the country from 1962 to 1996. Unfortunately, organized crime, human rights violations, and drug trafficking continue to terrorize the population and remain virtually unchecked in a climate of impunity.

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