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Governments in Central America failing to protect citizens: NGO

El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have become virtual war zones where lives seem to be expendable and millions live in constant terror at what gang members or public security forces can do to them or their loved ones, Amnesty International saysCentral American governments are failing to stem soaring violent crime, pushing people to flee north in record numbers, Amnesty International said. “El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have become virtual war zones where lives seem to be expendable and millions live in constant terror at what gang members or public security forces can do to them or their loved ones,” Salil Shetty, the right group’s secretary general, said in a statement released on Friday. Amnesty said some 48,000 people from those countries had requested asylum elsewhere in 2015 — double the previous year’s rate — and that sky-rocketing deportations, especially from Mexico, were exacerbating the already desperate situation.

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