All About Costa Rica

COSTA RICA / 2019-11-27

Costa Rica has traditionally been perceived as a bastion of security in crime-ravaged Central America. In recent years, however, the country has experienced record levels of violence, which authorities have…

COSTA RICA / 2 APR 2018

Voters in Costa Rica just chose their next president, but the incoming head of state doesn't seem to have a coherent plan for tackling record levels of violence in the…

BOLIVIA / 17 JAN 2018

Organized crime thrives amid political corruption and uncertainty. There will be plenty of this in Latin America in 2018, helping organized crime deepen its roots across the region over the…

COSTA RICA / 27 NOV 2017

An interview with the alleged co-ordinator of a drug trafficking network in Colombia has confirmed that transnational criminal groups operate in Costa Rica alongside local businesses and with the support…

COSTA RICA / 14 NOV 2017

A recent report has shed new light on the dynamics of the drug trade in Costa Rica, highlighting how transnational criminal groups have co-opted local individuals and industries to…

COSTA RICA / 4 OCT 2017

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and corruption are important factors driving…

COSTA RICA / 21 SEP 2017

New details have emerged regarding the inner workings of a sophisticated organ trafficking network with international ties operating in Costa Rica, suggesting that the country's role in the international…

COSTA RICA / 8 SEP 2017

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. …

CACHIROS / 5 SEP 2017

The high and growing rate of imprisonment in the region is not leading to lower rates of violence and crime. In other words, we know that prisons are not the…

COSTA RICA / 29 AUG 2017

Nearly every country in Latin America is struggling to combat high rates of impunity, according to a new report that analyzes structural and human rights conditions contributing to crimes…

COSTA RICA / 20 JUL 2017

An increase in domestic drug sales and consumption in Costa Rica appears to be fueling rising homicides, but authorities have tended to blame foreign crime groups rather than focusing…

COSTA RICA / 6 JUL 2017

Ana Chaves was one of the hundreds of women who benefited from the "77 bis" reform, which reduced prison sentences to between three and eight years for the crime of…

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