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A MINUSTAH Mission Evaluation: UN Peacekeeper Abuse

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire In March 2017 the United Nations Secretary-General advised MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, that their numbers will be reduced from approximately five thousand personnel.

Policing Priorities

Lamond Johnson   By Ricardo Swire Success of the Bahamas’ internal security stability effort is at a critical stage, general elections officially scheduled for Wednesday May 10th 2017.

Trans-Shipment Point

By Ricardo Swire The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a signatory to the international Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs pact, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances agreement and the Convention against Trafficking of Drugs & Psychotropic Substances treaty. The Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Financing of Terrorism Acts also bear official signatures from Georgetown.

The Ethereal Texis Cartel

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire As the War on Drugs reverberates around the region several Mexican drug cartels have expanded their smuggling routes, establishing new markets in Central America.

The Bahamas’ Mixed Signals

Ahvia J Campbell   By Ricardo Swire Caribbean archipelago the Bahamas’ approximately 388,000 residents abhorred news of seven dead in the capital Nassau, during a single February 2017 weekend.

Protectors or Perpetrators?

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire Historically law enforcement in Venezuela has been bloody and heavy handed. A brutal response during 1989’s “Caracazo” symbolized failure of the old internal security apparatus.

Jamaica introduces ‘Bullettrax’

Alexander Richter   By Ricardo Swire More than 70% of Jamaica’s murders involve either illegally imported guns or ammunition. Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security recently introduced BULLETTRAX to improve forensic ballistic technology used by local security agencies, especially the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Senior Ugandan Police Officer Gunned Down

Bukedde photo   By Gloria Nakiyimba Ugandans are still reeling from the chilling murder of senior Police officer, Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi. Kaweesi was shot several times on Friday morning by armed gun men who were moving on a motorcycle commonly known as “boda boda” in Uganda.

19 killed in DRC traffic accident

Mussa Mwangoka   By Byobe Malenga A FUSO brand vehicle from the Sebele market to the city of Baraka earlier this week overturned in the village of Kakomba, 8 kilometers south of Baraka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Fizi Territory, carrying passengers and cargo.

Operation Stonegarden

EFE photo   By Ricardo Swire On Tuesday February 21, 2017 an intelligence driven Operation Stonegarden law enforcement mission, conducted by Puerto Rico Police’s Joint Forces for Rapid Action or FURA, intercepted 1,522 pounds of cocaine worth US$19.3 million.

Philippines: The Police’s murderous war on the poor

Noel Celis/AFP   By Amnesty International Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

A Two Edged Sword

Orlando Sierra/AFP   By Ricardo Swire The Republic of Honduras is a hot and mountainous South American country, roughly the size of Louisiana in the USA. According to United Nations data Honduras is the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, the mix of drugs trafficking, political instability and history contributing to a murder rate […]

Prisoners Riot in Winson Green Prison, UK

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Prisons in the UK are in crisis. Understaffing, overcrowding and suicides.

The Key Holders

CNA photo   By Ricardo Swire Brazilian law enforcement’s new push against the “First Capital Command” or Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), known in gangland as “R,” netted some unusual suspects.

Ugandan tribal king charged with murder amid violence in region

James Akena/Reuters   By Gloria Nakiyimba Kasese town remains calm but unstable. The town in Uganda’s western Rwenzori region neighboring the Democratic Republic of Congo has been the scene of heavy fighting with gunshots heard everywhere following the weekend attacks on a tribal King’s Palace.

The Voice of the silent majority

By Hazel Speed This was predictable, and so far has been restrained as an ‘action in waiting’ this long, given that all sides and UK constituent countries have spoken up to now, except for the collective group that is the Brexiteers themselves, the people who voted overwhelmingly to leave Europe, and probably in the main, […]

In Uganda, gay men say police use torturous method to ‘prove’ homosexuality

Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters   By Peter Lykke Lind It was early in the morning when Jackson Mukasa was awakened by the chants outside his Kampala home.

The Caribbean Basin’s ‘Northern Triangle’

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire The Caribbean Basin extends from Florida westward along the Gulf coast, meandering south along the Mexican coast via Central America. The Basin extends eastward, across the northern coast of South America, a geopolitical region that includes the West Indies archipelago. The ongoing “Drug War” moved north from Colombia, then […]

Observations of an Expat: Haiti—Land of Extremes

Dieu Nalio Cherry/AP   By Tom Arms Haiti is a land of extremes. Unfortunately they are all the worst kind. It is extremely poor, extremely corrupt, extremely violent and now—extremely devastated.

Personal, home and voice activated protection

Antony Gormley   By Hazel Speed It was inevitable that with modern technology progressing and being all-pervasive, we have now reached the need to protect ourselves in every interaction.

Nigerian police squad torture and bribe detainees in exchange for freedom

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Amnesty International A Nigerian police unit set up to combat violent crime has instead been systematically torturing detainees in its custody as a means of extracting confessions and lucrative bribes, Amnesty International said in a report published yesterday.

Justice for the Orgreave Miners?

John Harris   By Hazel Speed Justice. A small word, but subsumed therein are inherent virtuous elements, such as truth, honour and doing the right thing in any given matter.

Will we ever learn from political history?

By Hazel Speed Those of a certain age within the UK will have survived one political strategy/power or another. Playing the system was always better than head-on collisions. No better example can be found than the years when Mrs Thatcher ruled the roost.

The Forgotten

Jewel Samad/AFP   By Zeeshan A. Shah On August 30th every year, the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared, many countries around the world falling back to recall the gravity of the crisis – a shocking and terrifying experience that some of us went through in our lives; the loss of our precious children. […]

Nigerian Police release me after giving them 1000 naira

Tony Karumba/AFP   By Ebi Robert It was indeed a funny experience in the hands of the Nigerian police on 29 August 2016. I had just finished a visit to a friend’s place and was going home in a tricircle, aka Kene, when I was stoped by the Nigerian police in Yenagoa, close to Aritalin […]

Tattoos – Hello John, Got a new motor?

By Hazel Speed Imagine the scene, you find yourself face to face with a Policeman or Policewoman who ‘could’ have a funny tattoo on their arms, hands, face or neck. How would that affect one’s view of them, would people want to be more helpful or less so?

Dozens killed in Ethiopia as police use excessive force against peaceful protesters

Reuters photo   By Amnesty International At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region and in parts of Amhara over the weekend, according to credible sources who spoke to human rights NGO Amnesty International.

Journalists in Uganda advised not to register with Media Council

Edward Echwalu   By Robert Ssewankambo Journalists in Uganda have been urged not to accept to be licensed by the Media Council because it is illegitimate and pushing for unclear agendas, saying that all such acts are on the wrong side of history.

Bangladesh busts militant den: Nine killed in gun battle with law enforcers

Shaheen Mollah   By Sheuli Akter Terror-gripped Bangladesh has been striving to rein militant activities. As part of various efforts, Bangladesh law enforcers early Tuesday busted a militant den where nine suspected militants of banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were killed in a “gunfight” during the raid on the group’s hideout in the capital Dhaka.

Nepal: Investigate police torture of Tharu community members

Prakash Mathema/AFP   By Amnesty International A new report published today by human rights NGO Amnesty International reveals how members of the indigenous Tharu community in Nepal’s Tarai plains were subjected to arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of the police in connection with the killings of eight security personnel and a […]