PUBLICATION: One Year Gang Truce in El Salvador

Congratulations to our blog member Kari Mariska Pries who has published her first article for our partner organisation, the Latin American Bureau.



Published on: Thu Mar 21, 2013

Incarcerated 18th Street gang members

Incarcerated 18th Street gang members

Violence dominated conversation in El Salvador during the decade leading up to 2012. Daily, newspaper front pages carried photos of the most gruesome murders of the last 24 hours. Elections were won and lost on a government’s response to the country’s “security situation”. In 2011 El Salvador’s homicide rate of 72 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants was the second highest in the world, only behind that of neighbouring Honduras. Extortions, kidnappings and armed robberies were common and travelling on public buses meant taking your life into your own hands. The country was one of the most violent places on the planet.

Salvadoran citizens demanded forceful repression to combat crime and increase security. Their top worry was the visible threat posed by El Salvador’s violent and notorious street gangs, MS-13 and M-18. The government under President Mauricio Funes responded by placing military patrols on the streets and running large anti-gang operations (read more).

New partnership with Latin American Bureau (LAB)

We are very happy to announce that Latin American Bureau (LAB) is now an official partner organisation of Researchingsecurity (click here).

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“LAB is an independent charitable organisation based in London providing news, analysis and information on Latin America, its people, politics and society. LAB exists to promote greater understanding and awareness of the region through our e-mail newsletter, website and social media. We publish newsletters, interviews, articles, videos and reports on the most critical issues facing the region. We particularly aim to provide a channel for NGOs and civil society in Latin America to tell the world about their work.

For over 40 years, LAB has disseminated information on Latin America aimed at stimulating and influencing debate on issues of human rights, development, social and economic justice, political rights, culture and environmental degradation. We are widely known for our books, including the classic Under the Eagle: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Caribbean by Jenny Pearce; America’s Backyard by Grace Livingstone; Murder in the Rainforest by Jan Rocha; and Faces of Latin America by Duncan Green.”