Saturday, March 16, 2013

Honduras: 53 Attorneys Murdered in Two-Year Period, Tourism Travel Strongly Discouraged

According to EFE, fifty-three attorneys were murdered in Honduras during the period 2010-2012. Worse, 95% of these homicides remain unsolved. Of those killed, ten were women.

Most of the targeted lawyers were assaulted while driving, in some cases accompanied by their children, spouse, employees, friends and even clients.

COMMENT: Honduras suffered 85.5 homicides for every 100,000 residents in 2012, compared with a global median rate of 8.8 murders per 100,000, according to a report released by the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa last month.

Sadly, the number of homicides in Honduras has grown by nearly 233% over the past nine years, which is why I have taken the extraordinary step of discouraging tourism travel to Honduras, as the risk of violence while in the country is simply too grave for non-essential travel.

Most of our readers might well speculate as to how any national police agency could solve only 5% of 53 homicides. The answer can be found in a simple, yet tragic response: The ineffectiveness of the Honduran police service is directly attributed to corruption, technical incompetence and unchecked criminality throughout the organization.

Our readers are referred to the following piece cited in The Latin American Tribune: