Accession Number : ADA560682


Title :   Gangs in Honduras: A Threat to National Security


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Barahona Fuentes, Marco V


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a560682.pdf


Report Date : 22 Mar 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : Gangs in Honduras pose a serious threat to the nation's national security. These criminal groups are a new type of insurgency that adheres to an ideology of violence that is contrary to democratic values and violates human rights. This paper describes how third-generation gangs are working in tandem with Transnational Crime Organizations, a situation that threatens the nation's sovereignty, stability, public security, governability, and democratic legitimacy. Gangs are a significant challenge to the Honduan government, which appears to have lost the ability to provide basic rights to its citizens, control its territory, and enforce law and authority. To prevent gang activities, the Honduran government must change its strategy. Gang crimes and violence must be countered with governmental commitment and cooperation, active engagement of the private sector, participation of local communities, and a pledge of international support.


Descriptors :   *COUNTERMEASURES , *CRIMES , *CRIMINALS , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *HONDURAS , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *THREATS , DEMOCRACY , HUMAN RIGHTS , IDEOLOGY , INSTABILITY , LAW ENFORCEMENT , PUBLIC SAFETY , STRATEGY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE