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Costa Rica Report Blames 'Organized Crime' for Spike in Homicides

Costa Rica Report Blames 'Organized Crime' for Spike in Homicides

A government report on homicides in Costa Rica concludes that organized crime is driving the rising violence in the country, but the study's shaky methodology leaves it open to questions. 

Pockets of Rising Violence in Rural Colombia Despite National Drop in Murders

Pockets of Rising Violence in Rural Colombia Despite National Drop in Murders

While Colombia boasts its lowest homicide rate in nearly half a century, pockets of spiking violence in several rural areas tell a different story -- that of armed groups struggling for control of lucrative criminal markets as Colombia's armed conflict enters a new phase.

Violence in Honduras Capital City Follows Past Trends

Violence in Honduras Capital City Follows Past Trends

A new report mapping violence in Honduras' capital suggests that the country's gangs remain a root cause driving the violence, a finding consistent with years past but difficult to sustain.

Rising Violence Across Brazil Hits North Especially Hard

Rising Violence Across Brazil Hits North Especially Hard

New figures show that violence is rising across Brazil. But the country's deteriorating security situation has hit the north particularly hard, providing a snapshot of factors driving high murder rates in the country.

Report Analyzes Guatemala's Shaky Murder Data, Urges Improvements

Report Analyzes Guatemala's Shaky Murder Data, Urges Improvements

A new report examines official homicide data in Guatemala, and echoes the findings of an extensive investigation by InSight Crime that showed accurate and reliable statistics on murders in the country are seriously lacking.

Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-related and Drug Trafficking-related Murders.

Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-related and Drug Trafficking-related Murders.