Guatemala at a Crossroads, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, June 9, 2009   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is testimony from the June 9, 2009, hearing entitled "Guatemala at a Crossroads," held by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. From the opening statement of Eliot L. Engel : "Recent media attention on Latin America has focused overwhelmingly on President Calderon's battle against Mexico's drug cartels. Meanwhile, Mexican cartels have moved more aggressively than ever into Guatemala, a country with weaker institutions than its neighbor to the north. […]. Drug-related violence in Guatemala unfortunately complicates an already difficult situation. Guatemala has a long history of violence, and one of the highest murder rates in Latin America. In a report to the Guatemalan Congress, the country's Human Rights Ombudsman noted that 2008 was the 'bloodiest year of our history' with 6,292 homicide victims. Illegally armed groups, drug cartels and youth gangs are contributing to spiraling violence. […]. It's time to say 'enough is enough.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Eduardo Stein Barillas, Anita Isaacs, Mark Schneider, Stephen Johnson, Eliot L. Engel and Dan Burton.

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