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InSight Crime's 2021 Homicide Round-Up

1 February 2022

InSight Crime

In 2021, most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean experienced a marked increase in murders. Resurgent violence was to be expected after some of the world's longest COVID-19 lockdowns were lifted. Much of the population found themselves sinking deeper into poverty. With schools late to reopen, teenagers returned to the streets with little to do, making them prime targets for recruitment. The pandemic also made law enforcement more difficult. Police were... (

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Guyana President Aims to Curb Both Legal and Illegal Guns

3 November 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

President David Granger on Wednesday said he wants the number of illegal and legal guns to be drastically reduced, leaving firearms mainly in the hands of police and soldiers. "The Minister of Public Security and I are reducing the frequency or the ease or controlling the ease with which some people can get weapons," he said on this week's edition of the television programme, "Public Interest." The President said a corps of wardens, with law enforcement powers, would... (

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Guyanese Concerned About Gun Crimes Despite 21% Decline

21 October 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips Friday said although the official police statistics show a decline in serious crimes, the feeling of insecurity among Guyanese is very high makes it necessary for collaboration among several stakeholders. "Notwithstanding the statistics that speak to a reduction in crime -- and here I am not hitting at the police force -- it is my firm belief, as a citizen of Guyana, that the high... (

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Scores of Gun Licences to Be Revoked in Guyana

14 August 2016

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

Scores of gun licenses are about to be revoked in the coming months, in keeping with a decision by the government to weed out those that had been wrongfully issued, no longer required or are in the hands of mentally unstable persons, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan said Sunday. "It would be a massive, massive exercise so that is the difficulty but for the sake of the security of this nation I, as minister, will not make the massiveness of the exercise an... (

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Guyana,Brazil,United States

Two-Thirds of Crime Guns Seized in Guyana Came from US or Brazil

30 January 2014

Caribseek News

GEORGETOWN - The Task Force on Narcotic Drugs and Illegal Firearms has recorded a total of 111 firearms seizures for 2012 compared to the 125 in the previous year. This is according to the National Drug Report that was launched yesterday by Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee. These include: 28 pistols, 39 revolvers, 31 shotguns, and 13 rifles; 31.5 percent of the weapons seized originated in the United States of America while a similar number originated in... (

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Guyana Introduces New Law Criminalising Possession of Gun Parts

17 January 2014

Kaieteur News (Guyana)

The National Assembly yesterday met for the first time in 2014 and unanimously voted to create a new criminal offence, revamp the admissibility of various types of evidence in criminal and civil trials as well as allow for persons who received tickets for traffic offences to be allowed to make payments in any magisterial district. For several hours at yesterday's sitting, the House voted on and unanimously for the Firearms (Amendment) Bill, the Evidence (Amendment)... (

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Guyana Sees Increase in Gun Crimes

9 January 2014

Caribbean Journal

There was a 7 percent increase in serious crimes in Guyana in 2013 compared to 2012, according to data released by the government this week. In the Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 period, there were a total of 4,007 reports of serious crimes under review, compared to 3,760 in the 2012 calendar year. The offences monitored included murder, armed robbery, robbery with violence, larceny and breaking and entering, among others. There were a total of 154 murders in 2013, compared to... (

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Guyana President Backs Gun Law Review

29 November 2013

Caribbean Elections / Guyana Times

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – President Donald Ramotar has thrown his support behind embattled Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee for a review of the legal ownership and use of firearms. Commenting on the issue during a special interview at the Office of the President on Wednesday, the head of state said in his opinion renewal of gun licences should not be automatic. "The ministry and the police should have a right to review these, and see that the guns are in the hands of... (

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Licensed Gun Owner Dies After Shooting Four Dead in Guyana

12 November 2013

Stabroek News (Guyana)

A miner died from bullet wounds this afternoon after a two-hour siege in which he shot two policemen and two civilians dead on Middle Street. It is unclear if the miner, Derrick Kanhai died from self-inflicted wounds or from the shoot-out with police during the mass shooting. Policemen descended on the area this afternoon after the reports resulting in an intense gun battle that saw the two lawmen and two others nearby killed. Confirmed dead are Lance Corporal... (

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Guyana Politician Claims Crime Wave Due to Rejection of Gun Law

16 September 2013

Guyana Chronicle

Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, yesterday observed that while the political opposition is busy voicing deep concern over the recent upsurge in gun-related crimes, they were the ones who recently teamed up against the Government to reject the Firearms Bill in the National Assembly. Speaking at a People's Progressive Party / Civic (PPP/C) press briefing at Freedom House in Georgetown, and in the presence of Home Affairs Minister, Clement... (

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Illegal Use of Firearms Long Out of Control in Guyana

6 September 2013

Guyana Chronicle, Letter

There is a situation existing in Guyana that has long gone out of control, the consequences of which are dire, I make mention of the dangerous or should I say murderous use, of illegal firearms. Seems the easiest thing to obtain these days is an illegal weapon, go out there and create havoc in society. You can hold up someone and relieve them of their hard-earned possessions among the other myriad of atrocities that go with its use. It is the most fashionable thing to... (

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Guyana Cop Fined for Burning Gun Licence Books

2 April 2013

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

A policewoman has admitted to burning two firearm licence books with intent to defeat justice. Lance Corporal Edon Greene pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $160,000 or 24 months imprisonment. The prosecution told the court that the 44-year-old mother of three was attached to the registry of the Brickdam Police Station in the firearms section where she was in charge of issuing license books on behalf of the State. The prosecutor said that checks revealed that... (

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England & Wales,Germany,Guyana

Politicians Block Guyana Gun Control Laws Despite Arms Trade Treaty

28 March 2013

Guyana Times International

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has lamented that while critical steps are being taken in the international arena to hammer out an Arms Trade Treaty, locally the opposition has voted down a bill that seeks to strengthen this country's fight against illicit arms. Negotiators from around 150 countries gathered in New York at the United Nations for a final push to hammer out a binding international treaty to end unregulated conventional arms sales, a pact that a... (

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Firearm Licence Records Missing in Guyana After Alleged Police Fraud

18 January 2013

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

The Guyana Police Force says it cannot find records for firearm licences sold between August and December last year and is appealing to persons who received their licences during that period to report to the Office of Professional Responsibility. This was revealed in a press statement from the force on Friday which came three days after the GPF announced that a female lance corporal had been placed under arrest in connection with a firearm licence fraud uncovered at... (

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Caribbean Officials to Increase Efforts Against Drug, Gun Trafficking

6 December 2012

Jamaica Gleaner

PORT-OF-SPAIN - A senior official of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) has described as "disturbing" the illicit trafficking of small arms and the growth of gangs in the region. "Our borders are targets for drug traffickers, people trafficking and, most disturbing, illicit trafficking in small arms and ammunition. Our homicide rates are notorious and often defy logic, except when placed alongside the high number of... (

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Armed Crime Rate Up in Guyana, Homicide Rate Unchanged

14 November 2012

Demerara Waves (Guyana)

Guyanese police are reporting a spike in armed robberies and a slight increase in murders and an 8.1 percent reduction in road fatalities. In its latest update, the Guyana Police Force stated that robbery under arms has increased by 15% up to October 2012, with 854 reports compared to 744 for the same period in 2011. The number of armed robberies involving the use of firearm at the end of October 2012 was 512 compared to 468 for the same period in 2011, an increase of... (

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Guyana Firearm Owners Need Constant Safety Reminders, Gun Clubs

6 August 2012

Guyana Chronicle (Online)

There are perhaps about 4,000 licensed civilian firearm holders in Guyana and I will wager that no more than 90% are very familiar with their weapons and/or practise shooting fairly regularly. Such a situation defeats the very purpose for which one was issued a firearm licence in the first place. To defend life and property with a firearm requires more than the basic knowledge of your firearm which was imparted to you when you bought same. Additionally, firearm holders... (

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Guyana Police Accused of Selling Sub-Machine Gun Owned by Criminal

14 July 2012

Kaieteur News (Guyana)

Less than a week after Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell warned corrupt ranks to turn in their badges, five TSU ranks are under investigation for allegedly collecting $360,000 to release a man whom they had nabbed with drugs and a loaded submachine gun. Kaieteur News understands that the incident occurred on Thursday in Kitty and that three of the ranks, including a cadet officer, are under close arrest at the Brickdam Police Station. Investigators have seized... (

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1/3 of Femicides Committed With Gun in Latin America and Caribbean [ES]

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (

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Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (

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