International Response To Gang Violence

New regulations in El Salvador to tackle gang violence foster the development of regional measures to control and proscribe local gangs.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In order to prevent gang members from fleeing the country to avoid jail, especially to Guatemala and Honduras, these countries has activated extra security measures at their borders.

President Funes asked Guatemala and Honduras to join the fight against organized crime, which has been growing as drugs cartels associate with local gangs.

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom responded positively to this call and his country’s parliament is considering introducing a similar bill to the Salvadoran one.

David Rivas, Salvadoran Communications Secretary, told BBC Mundo: “it looks like the governments of the region have realized that this phenomena affects all the countries and that we need to coordinate actions to fight this common Central American problem”.

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