Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Honduras: In Five Years, 28 North Americans Murdered, All Unsolved, A Message to Tourists to "Go Away"

As a follow-up to my numerous postings and according to http://www.cbc.ca/news/montreal/story, Chantal Vallée, whose son, Themy-Alexandre Vallée, 34, was shot and killed in October 2012, over his iPhone outside a bar on the island of Roatán, is asking Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to find her son's killers.

COMMENT: Without being politically correct, and as I have consistently reported in recent years, Honduras continues to be one of the most dangerous countries on Earth.

That alone should be enough for tourists to choose another destination.

Although my condolences and sympathies go out to Chantal and the families of 28 North Americans (24 US and four Canadians) who have been murdered in Honduras over the last five years, without ANY of the victims' assailants having been arrested, let alone convicted. 

Seemingly, Honduran police have either been unable or unwilling to bring to justice any of the foreigners murdered in Honduras.

I have now reached the deliberate conclusion that foreign governments should candidly DISCOURAGE their citizens from traveling to Honduras for TOURISM.   

The overriding justification for these two governments banning tourist travel is based on the fact that none of the assailants of the 28 foreign tourists have been brought to justice.

It would be much different if Honduran authorities were convicting the murderers of foreign tourists, but they are simply not doing so.  

For the benefit of our readers, Honduras has the highest per capita rate of homicide in the world, according to the United Nations.  

The really sad part is that both DFAIT and the US Department of State continue to caution their travelers of the extraordinary risks in Honduras, to no avail, as the reality is that not one conviction has provided 28 North American families with closure and justice.