Thursday, January 17, 2019

Guatemala in crisis


Why are we seeing so many Guatemalans seeking asylum in United States?

Rachel E. Brown offers a short explanation:

"[An United Nations-backed group [t]he [International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala] was invited into Guatemala in 2007 to eliminate “clandestine illegal armed groups” – criminal networks that have infiltrated its government. These shadowy webs of corruption, the subject of my 2017 book on Guatemala, include smuggling rings with ties to the military and presidents and drug traffickers who bribe or threaten judges.

As a result, criminals operate with impunity in Guatemala. Around 90 percent of all crimes go unpunished – which is actually an improvement over the country’s 2007 impunity rate of 98 percent."


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