Insecurity in Latin America

Insecurity is the greatest shared challenge faced by Latin America, according to the recently release UNDP Report Regional Human Development Report.

The report, titled Citizen Security with a Human Face: evidence and proposals for Latin America, highlights the need to reduce citizen insecurity by improving the wellbeing of the citizens, reducing levels of inequality and enhancing security and justice institutions.

Speaking at the launch of the report, UNDP administrator said: “It is a crucial issue [citizen security] for several regions, including Latin America and the Caribbean, because without peace there can be no development, and without development there can be no lasting peace.”

The report focuses on six key challenges across the region. They are: street crime; violence and crime committed by and against the youth; gender-based violence; corruption, violence by state actors and organised crime.”

One of the greatest takeaways from the analysis is that the “iron fist” polices do not work, meaning that criminal repression and strengthening of the police has not lead to a reduction in crime, in fact, crime rates have increased.

Protecting and upholding human rights is crucial to citizen security, which, as the report highlights, is a responsibility of the state.

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