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Saturday August 16, 2014

Guatemala Records Over 80,300 Homicides Between 1997-2013

Guatemala Records Over 80,300 Homicides Between 1997-2013

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Guatemala had a total of 80,303 homicides between 1997 and 2013, the Mutual Aid Group, or GAM, an independent human rights monitor, said Friday.

In a report entitled “Violence after the Peace Accords,” GAM said the statistics came from data managed by Guatemala’s PNC national police.

The PNC began these reports after its founding in 1997 as part of the Peace Accords signed on Dec. 29, 1996, which put an end to 36 years of internal armed conflict that left 200,000 people dead, most of them Indian peasants massacred by the army and its allies.

According to the report, in 1997 there were 3,988 homicides in Guatemala.

The year in which there were fewer violent deaths in the Central American country was 1999, with 2,655 homicides, but after that the number began to climb until in 2009 it peaked at 6,498 people slain.

However, the violence began to decline in 2010 when there were 5,960 murders, while in 2013 there were 5,155.

Where the most homicides were recorded after the Peace Accords were signed was in Guatemala province, which includes the capital, with 29,980 murders, followed by the southern coastal region of Escuintla with 7,657 homicides.

President Otto Perez Molina, a former army general, says he is committed to driving down Guatemala’s crime rate.

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