Guatemala and UN launch scheme to fight organized crime
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||17 March 2010|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Guatemala and UN launch scheme to fight organized crime, 17 March 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4ba338a71a.html [accessed 31 August 2014]|
The top United Nations drug and crime official and Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom oversaw the destruction of some 6,000 illegal firearms today at the launch of a national programme to fight organized crime in a country that has a gun for every 10 people.
"Corruption, poverty and poor criminal justice capacity make Guatemala extremely vulnerable to organized crime," said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
"In turn, crime scares off investors and touristIn turn, crime scares off investors and tourists, deepening the under-development that attracts crime. It's time to break this vicious circle before it breaks Guatemala