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By Hannah Stone, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on November 13, 2012 | No CommentsHonduras’s murderous opéra bouffe police force and America’s democratic aspirant likely to continue embarrassing Washington. A Honduran policeman shot dead five fellow officers, which police commanders said would only spur on a controversial reform process meant to purge the force of corrupt elements. On Monday afternoon, a police officer in...
By Gene Bolton, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on October 19, 2012 | 13 CommentsThe ambiguity between the role of military forces and the police is a growing concern in Central America’s Northern Triangle countries, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In all three countries, underpaid, outmanned, outgunned, and ill-trained police forces are forced to solicit assistance from the military. Most international attention on these...
By Hannah Stone, Guest Contributor at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on October 4, 2012 | 5 CommentsA plan to build “model cities” in Honduras, with their own laws and police force, is facing growing controversy with the resignation of its oversight committee, dozens of legal challenges, and the murder of a lawyer who was a leading opponent.
By Jade Vasquez, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on October 2, 2012 | 1 CommentOn September 23, Honduran attorney and human rights activist Antonio Trejo Cabrera was shot and killed by unknown assassins in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Trejo was the legal advisor for the Movimiento Auténtico Reivindicador Campesino del Aguán (MARCA), a land reclamation movement located in Bajo Aguán, as well as a legal representative...
By Eric Stadius, Research Associate at Council on Hemispheric Affairs and Peter Tase, Research Fellow at Council on Hemispheric Affairs on August 27, 2012 | 2 CommentsTwo months after President Fernando Lugo’s impeachment, Paraguay has transitioned from reconciling its relatively benign political crisis to enhancing regional and international links politically and economically. While no Latin American country has recognized the de facto government, none have maintained economic sanctions against Federico Franco’s administration. Mercosur and Unasur, the...
By Larry Birns, Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs and Research Associate Eric Stadius on August 15, 2012 | 3 CommentsThe 25th Anniversary of the Esquipulas II Accords was celebrated on August 14 at the Organization of American States in conjunction with the Center for International Policy and other regional NGOs. The gathering was called to honor the momentous event in Central American history that helped bring an end to the...