Security & Strategic Review - February 2023

COSTA RICA/REGION: Costa Rica registers record homicides in 2022

In early January, the interim director general of Costa Rica’s judicial investigation agency (OIJ), Randall Zúñiga, confirmed that a record 656 homicides were registered in the country in 2022. While Costa Rica has long held a position as being one of the safest countries in Central America, the 2022 figure indicates continued security challenges for the right-of-centre government led by President Rodrigo Chaves, which stem in large part from the growing presence of transnational drug trafficking organisations (DTOs).

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