Crackdown of organised crimes in Latin America
Tham Jie You Hovan
07 June 2022
Numerous discussions, moderated caucuses and failed motions later, there still seems to be no clear, specific direction in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to tackle organised crimes.
(Put another paragraph) Even though there was a clear consensus that regional cooperation and coordination was necessary to tackle this problem, the delegates still could not come to an agreement on the solution to solve this problem that has plagued all of their countries.
During various speeches made on the inaugural day of this council, many delegates had pointed out that their countries were distribution and transit points for drug trafficking and these had also led to ridiculously high homicide rates in these countries. Unfortunately, many of these homicide cases also go unpunished due to political corruption and bribery in the countries and many delegates hoped that that would change.
Among the speeches made by these delegates were also the numerous mentions of drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegals arms trade and their solutions. Although many proposed regional data sharing as a possible solution, they seemed somewhat unwilling when asked whether they were willing to share their data.
“We are essentially fighting an invisible army”, the delegate of El Salvador stated in her speech talking about drug cartels and drug trafficking in the region, as she sought regional cooperation and coordination to tackle this problem. Luckily for her, her views were commonly shared among fellow delegates, as many had also agreed on the need for collaboration.
As the day came to a close, the delegates also discussed the issue of arms trafficking and how it had led to increased crime rates in the countries. However, during the discussion, the delegate of Cuba was quick to point out that arms trafficking must be dealt with separately from drug trafficking as there were too many differences in these two issues.
As this conference would run for three more days, the delegates of CELAC hope to reach a common consensus on how to solve organised crimes in the region.