Organized crime groups spreading terror in Central America

Organized Crime groupsPublic prosecutors in Central America are increasingly falling victim to drug-related violence  according to the UN Human Rights Office. Over the past week, a number of public prosecutors have been murdered by organized crime groups in both Guatemala and Honduras . Rupert Colville is a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"The increasing vulnerability of human rights defenders in both of these countries has been of extreme concern. In Guatemala, in 2010 alone, 250 human rights defenders were victims of attacks and eight were killed, as noted in the High Commissioner's report to the Human Rights Council.  In Honduras, OHCHR has also been increasingly concerned about the situation of human rights defenders, journalists and members and activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community." 

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He says the killings appear to be concerted efforts by organized crime groups to spread terror and defeat efforts by authorities to combat crime and impunity.

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