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Security & Strategic Review - May 2019

Leader
On the same day that Venezuela’s intelligence force (Sebin) appears to have resorted to new underhand tactics to prevent National Assembly (AN) members from entering the congress building, Amnesty International accused the government led by Nicolás Maduro of committing crimes against humanity...
Southern Cone
In early April, Rio de Janeiro hosted the 12th edition of the biennial Latin America Defence and Security Exhibition (LAAD), the region’s largest defence industry event...
Brazil broke its own record for homicides in 2017, with around 64,000 violent deaths...
“Our government’s first priority is to combat crime and drug trafficking more efficiently,” President Sebastián Piñera said on 14 March as he announced a bill that would expand the police’s powers to stop and search suspect individuals in public spaces...
Mexico
The Mexico-US border is increasingly becoming awash with armed individuals...
Central America & Caribbean
In a move which has prompted concerns from the neighbouring Dominican Republic (DR), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has voted to end the presence of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (Minujusth) in October 2019...
At the start of last month Costa Rica’s public security ministry (MPS) released new figures which showed there were 130 homicides in the first quarter of 2019 – a drop of 25 compared with the same period in 2018...
The Venezuelan crisis is creating significant difficulties for the Trinidad & Tobago government in many areas, including on the political, diplomatic, and security fronts...
On 8 May, Belizeans voted 55.4% in favour of referring the country’s territorial dispute with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)...

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