Forty-seven people, including two women, have died at the hands of lynch mobs this year in Guatemala, a government commission established to prevent vigilantism said Tuesday.
More than 250 other suspected criminals have survived lynching attempts and other forms of mob justice.
Last year, 19 people died in lynchings and another 218 suspected criminals suffered beatings, the commission said.
Vigilante justice as a widespread phenomenon in Guatemala dates from the 1996 signing of peace accords that ended the country’s 36-year civil war.
The absence of police in isolated communities and pervasive distrust of the judicial system are the main reasons for the rising number of lynchings in the Central American nation, analysts say.