Thursday, September 19, 2013

Honduras: Sixty-Seventh Attorney Murdered Since 2010, Most Disputes Settled Violently

According to EFE, the shooting death of attorney Dinia Mercedes Acosta, 40, in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday night (September 17) brought to 67 the number of lawyers slain in Honduras since the beginning of 2010.

Acosta was driving through San Pedro Sula’s Las Palmas neighborhood when unknown assailants on a motorcycle pulled alongside her vehicle and began shooting at point-blank range. 

COMMENT: Acosta is the 67th attorney murdered in Honduras during the administration of President Porfirio Lobo, who took office January 27, 2010, according to figures compiled by the official Human Rights Commission.

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, the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University said in a study released in February 2013.

Violence escalated sharply in the Central American nation in the wake of the June 2009 coup that ousted President Mel Zelaya, as political strife added to the carnage wrought by criminal gangs. 

As I have said a number of times in the past, Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world, with San Pedro Sula being the most violent city in the world.

All travelers are reminded that almost all disputes stemming from Hondurans are resolved with a violent response.

I discourage foreign travelers from visiting Honduras unless three conditions are met:

1. The traveler has a very strong sense of personal security awareness;

2. That travel is restricted to an all-inclusive resort; and

3. Travelers are mindful to NEVER resist an armed robbery.

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