All About El Salvador gang truce

EL SALVADOR / 29 JAN 2014

El Salvador's police chief has denied the country's murder rate is rising and accused the media of misleading reporting, raising questions as to why he is downplaying the homicide spike…

COLOMBIA / 23 JAN 2014

Criminal agendas could represent a critical "blind spot" in attempts to resolve armed conflicts in Latin America, capable of sabotaging negotiations and derailing entire peace processes. Taking these agendas into…

EL SALVADOR / 23 JAN 2014

The release of recordings and documents purporting to show how the El Salvador government paid off gang leaders to secure the country's gang truce is being wielded as a political…

EL SALVADOR / 21 JAN 2014

Extortion fees demanded by gangs from El Salvador's bus companies have doubled in the past year to $3 million per month, another sign of the problems inherent in the country's…

BARRIO 18 / 14 JAN 2014

El Salvador's overall 2013 homicide rate fell slightly in comparison to 2012, but the steady rise of recent months has continued in 2014, undermining the gains made as a result…

EL SALVADOR / 7 JAN 2014

The tenuous "gang truce" in El Salvador, in place since March 2012, does not fit into a classic model of peace negotiations between armed groups. Even so, any negotiation involving…

BARRIO 18 / 1 JAN 2014

Homicide levels, and more recently, clandestine mass graves, are driving the debate about the success or failure of the gang truce in El Salvador, but they are also obscuring…

ARGENTINA / 31 DEC 2013

We can already identify some of the trends that are likely to mark the evolution of organized crime in 2014. One is the issue of criminal migration, as organized crime…

BARRIO 18 / 18 DEC 2013

Police in El Salvador say the country's gangs are "mutating" and becoming more deeply involved in drug trafficking, a development that adds to fears the gangs have used the truce…

EL SALVADOR / 13 DEC 2013

Depending on who you ask, the nearly two-year old truce between El Salvador's two largest gangs is either a) collapsed; b) nearly collapsed; c) in transition; d) steady. El Faro…

BARRIO 18 / 10 DEC 2013

Authorities in El Salvador have recovered 19 bodies from secret graves, adding weight to fears that a drop in murders following the country's gang truce was partly due to…

BELIZE / 5 DEC 2013

After a two decade long hiatus, gang truces are back in vogue in the Americas. Very generally, truces usually include negotiations and pacts intended to bring about an end to…

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