Dec 16, 2009

Amnesty urges Guatemala to investigate youth murders

10:22 GMT, Wednesday, 16 December 2009

BBC News

By Emilio San Pedro

Guatemala has again been accused of failing to tackle violent crime which claims the lives of thousands of people each year. Amnesty International said the authorities were not doing enough to investigate the alleged killing of young people by the police.

Amnesty says the violence amounts to a systematic "social cleansing" campaign. President Alvaro Colom made tackling the culture of impunity and violence a priority when he took office in 2008.

In its report, Amnesty says active and retired police officers are involved in the alleged killings.

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