By Ross Watts, Marketing —
Impunity, in countries such as Mexico, is one of the leading reasons people are dissatisfied with their government. It leads to dishonesty and lack of trust by the people in their government; however, a legitimate effort to thwart impunity in its tracks could potentially help reverse these side effects with time.
One country that is taking an active role against impunity is Guatemala. Guatemala is no exception to the plague of improper impunity and has resulted in people not being to look to their government for help or answers. The implementation of a commission against impunity is projected to help win the Guatemalans’ hearts back and to regain stabilization in the government. The policy includes these main points: investigate illicit security organizations that purposely affect the citizens of Guatemala adversely and try to identify how they are financed, identify what activities these organizations are actively involved in and how they are structured, disband all groups that pose a threat to the citizens with their illicit activities, and establish new policies to strongly help avoid the re-emergence of these organizations. With these policies in place, it would help limit the distrust that is prevalent in this country.
Problems in Mexico
An example of a country moving in the wrong direction would be Mexico. While Guatemala is actively trying to put an end to their impunity problem, Mexico is not able to enforce these same strategies. The policies that one country uses are not going to be a standard that all other countries can follow and achieve success. In some cases, it may even adversely affect the government and trust of the people. If citizens see that their commission does not work or that things get worse, they would be less likely to try something new.
A solution to this problem could be EyeDetect. This next generation lie detector could be implemented immediately after a government identifies an organization that would be illegally performing activities. Members of these organizations, if guilty, would be classified as deceptive. As a result, organizations could easily be shut down if they were interrogated by this machine, and thereby helping the government regain the trust of its people. This would ultimately be able to limit the amount of impunity that exists in a country in a cheap, reliable way.
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