Hondurans continue to be affected by MS-13 and Calle 18 gang activity in cities such as Tegucigalpa, Choloma, La Ceiba, Tela, and San Pedro Sula. Land title procedures have been an issue leading to investment disputes involving U.S. nationals who are landowners. The IACHR expressed concern over the use of violence and other measures to prevent people from leaving the country, and urged Honduras to guarantee the migrants’ rights, including the right to leave any country. You also mentioned police violence. In September, Honduras and the US signed an “asylum cooperation agreement” that requires Honduras to receive asylum-seekers who are referred by the US. There are few U.S.-educated physicians in Tegucigalpa. OSAC encourages travelers to, to gain baseline knowledge of security conditions in Honduras. Inhumane conditions, including overcrowding, inadequate nutrition, and poor sanitation are endemic in Honduran prisons. In 2019, there was one murder case involving a resident U.S. citizen in Roatán. Honduras received support from the Millennium Challenge Corporation in the development of an e-procurement platform and public procurement auditing. Declaration of Experts on Violence Against Women in Honduras. In May, a new penal code was adopted that maintained the crimes of defamation, libel, and slander, all of which have been used to prosecute journalists for “crimes against honor.” In August, Congress announced that it would decriminalize those offenses, allowing only civil suits. Local law allows the police to detain someone for up to 24 hours for administrative processing. or the United States Government, except as otherwise noted (e.g., travel advisories, public statements). After a two-week trial in the US, in October, Hernández was convicted of drug conspiracy. While hurricane winds are a concern, much of the damage to infrastructure comes as a result of the ensuing flooding and rock/mudslides. Despite being considered the best private hospital in Tegucigalpa, it is not Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited; JCI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits healthcare organizations. The country does not appear to be a terrorist safe haven. Bureau of Diplomatic Security OSAC encourages travelers to use this report to gain baseline knowledge of security conditions in Honduras. While many protests remain relatively peaceful, demonstrations can escalate into violent confrontations with the police resulting in destruction to public and private property. Emergency services, even in Tegucigalpa, generally are basic. U.S. Department of State. Review OSAC’s reports, The Overseas Traveler’s Guide to ATM Skimmers & Fraud and Taking Credit. The U.S. Embassy estimates at least 30,000 U.S. citizens reside in Honduras. Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence. UNICEF has reported that no reliable statistics exist concerning how many children have been recruited into these groups. Additionally, illegal drugs are for sale in many of the popular tourist areas during the evening hours. for original OSAC reporting, consular messages, and contact information, some of which may be available only to private-sector representatives with an OSAC password. Most demonstrations were concentrated in or around city centers, public buildings, and other public areas. The public transportation sector is a regular target of extortion, and experiences higher levels of homicide than many other sectors. Reach the local police anywhere in Honduras by dialing 911. The following diseases are prevalent in Honduras: Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, Malaria, and Zika. Major cities (e.g. Air pollution can aggravate or lead to respiratory problems during the dry season due to widespread forest fires and agricultural burning. Because of their vague and broad wording, other provisions of the new penal code could criminalize the lawful exercise of the rights to protest and assembly. However, there can be communal tension over land ownership, natural resource allocation, and exploitation. The CA-4 agreement among El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras allows for the inspection-free movement of citizens among these countries, reducing overall inspection at land crossings. Nicaragua used to be part of the CA-4 agreement, but in late 2017 began requiring travelers to register their travel purpose and destination online seven days in advance. Counterfeit medicines are available in pulperías (private home-operated convenience stores), but have also been reported in Farmacias del Ahorro. The following day, protesters started a fire outside of one of the U.S. Embassy’s entrances during demonstrations against public-sector reforms in the country. Kidnappings declined by 82% since 2013, from 92 in 2013 to 14 in 2018, and 12 in 2019. In addition to complying with local laws, companies involved in natural resource extraction or energy generation should ensure they fully consult with communities in accordance with international standards. Many of the seizures have taken place in La Mosquitia, a jungle region on Honduras’ Caribbean coast that is a crucial corridor for cocaine heading north. In August, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights visited Honduras to assess how the government and the business sector discharge their responsibility to prevent, mitigate, and remedy human rights abuses and negative impacts linked to business activity. Those convicted included a former chief of security for Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA), the company building the Agua Zarca dam, against which Cáceres had been campaigning at the time of her assassination. at the date of this report’s publication assesses Honduras at Level 3, indicating travelers should reconsider travel due to crime. Following the enactment of the Law In November, the Honduran government and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), installed an evaluation board to review the performance of MACCIH, prior to examining whether or not to extend its mandate. The Honduran National Police wear blue uniforms, while the PMOP normally wear green camouflage. Institutional weakness, corruption, violence, and impunity undermine the overall stability of Honduras. CONADEH's Internal Displacement Unit reports that the forced recruitment of children by gangs or criminal groups is the fifth most frequent reason that Hondurans became internally displaced in the first semester of 2019. There have been multiple incidents of gang members destroying city buses and taxis, and reports that gang members rob, assault, rape, kidnap, or murder passengers. Police in riot gear advance toward demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Thursday, October 24 2019. Passing on blind corners is common. Although its specialists occasionally cannot provide the U.S. standard of care, the hospital and diagnostic departments do have the capability to provide most medical procedures. . Gracias a Dios is a remote location where narcotics trafficking is frequent, infrastructure is weak, government services are limited, and police/military presence is scarce. otherwise distributing OSAC-derived information in a manner inconsistent with this policy may result in the discontinuation of OSAC support. The Honduras government keeps no data on killings based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but the Lesbian Network Cattrachas reported that between January and August 2019, at least 26 LGBT people had been killed. There is no information to suggest that criminals specifically target U.S. citizens or foreigners. PR Political Rights. Members of the LGBTI+ community have reported violent assaults because of gender identity and sexual orientation. -threat location for terrorism directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Cruise lines and port agencies offer approved tour companies offering packages. In May, MACCIH announced that it was investigating Lobo for allegedly laundering drug money for his electoral campaign. This page was last edited on 19 December 2020, at 21:40 (UTC). 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Review the State Department’s webpage on security for, Honduran law requires access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, there are limited facilities for individuals with disabilities. Murder – In 2011 Honduras experienced a peak in murder rates making Honduras the holder of the highest homicide … Title insurance is not widely available in Honduras and approximately 80% of the privately held land in the country is either untitled or improperly titled. Honduras requires proof of Yellow Fever immunization if coming from another country endemic with Yellow Fever. Responding police fired tear gas in and around the main terminal to regain control after protesters entered the building and airport grounds. However, kidnapping figures are likely lower than reality, as families of kidnapping victims often pay ransoms without reporting these crimes to police out of fear of retribution. The U.S. Department of State has assessed Tegucigalpa as being a MEDIUM-threat location for political violence directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. In 2019, there were 1,500 traffic fatalities throughout the country. Tegucigalpa, Honduras. CJNG activity expanded into two new states – Veracruz and Puebla – which had previously been free of CJNG violence in 2020 up to that point ... Northern Triangle: El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Your session will expire soon and log you out. In November 2019, Tegucigalpa authorities began developing a luxury housing project in the La Tigra bioreserve, just outside of the city. This is an annual report produced in conjunction with the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa. Some passengers opt to travel armed when using public transportation, which sometimes results in armed confrontations where innocent bystanders are injured or killed in the crossfire. Honduras is a signatory to the International Labor Organization’s. The government has a police investigative unit dedicated to investigating violent crimes against the LGBTI+ and other vulnerable communities, composed of Public Ministry prosecutors, members of ATIC (prosecutor’s investigative agency), and the Honduran National Police; however, it has limited resources and functions primarily in the major urban areas. -threat location for political violence directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Some would-be muggers and gang members keep to a daily schedule, riding city buses from one stop to the next, committing criminal acts with impunity along the way. Most crime victims are members of rival gangs, small business owners who resist gang extortion, passengers on public transportation, or those involved in land tenure disputes. March 9, 2020. In 2017, the Honduran Congress unanimously passed a bill making all child marriage of those below the age of 18 illegal. In February, Salomón Matute and his son Juan Samael Matute, both Tolupan indigenous persons who belonged to the San Francisco Locomapa tribe and the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ), died of gunshot wounds despite “precautionary measures” granted by the IACHR in 2013 to ensure the government protected them. Find contact information for available medical services and available air ambulance services on the U.S. Embassy/Consulate website. However, by evaluating the implemented solutions working to combat violence, homicides in Honduras appear to be dropping; raising the possibility of losing its position as the murder capital of the world. The government also bans emergency contraception, or the “morning after pill,” which can prevent pregnancy after rape, unprotected sex, or a conceptive failure. There is no information to suggest that criminals specifically target U.S. citizens or foreigners. The government lacks resources to investigate and prosecute cases; police often lack vehicles/fuel to respond to calls for assistance. More demonstrations followed over corruption allegations implicating President Hernández. In August, media reported that a court sentenced former First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla, wife of ex-President Lobo, to 58 years in prison on corruption charges. In 2011-2012, there were 86 homicides per 100,000 people. Counterfeit Honduran lempiras (currency) are common, especially in the 100 and 500 denominations. Crime by type Murder. Meanwhile, 59% reported having been assaulted at least once while a passenger in a taxi (Colectivo and Rolatero) in the past 12 months, 32% twice, 6% three times, and 3% more than three times. In the first month of 2020, there were more than 31 victims, and their partners killed 55 percent, said the researcher, quoted by Proceso Digital. -threat location for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. Indigenous and ethnic minority communities are frequently located in rural areas, which enjoy lower levels of criminal activity. On Violence Against Women in Honduras . CHICAGO — The fate of a boy brought to the U.S. as a toddler when his family fled Honduras remains undecided Wednesday, after a judge ordered the case continued until 2020. Review OSAC’s report, Understanding the Consular Travel Advisory System. On May 30, protesters blocked several main avenues in Tegucigalpa, including access to Toncontín International Airport (TGU). In response to the State Department Human Right’s Report’s gutting of the violence against women section, KIND enlisted Honduran women’s rights experts to prepare the following expert declaration detailing widespread sexual and gender-based … On May 30, protesters blocked several main avenues in Tegucigalpa, including access to Toncontín International Airport (TGU). As a result, there is no longer free travel between Honduras and Nicaragua. As of November, Radio Globo director David Romero remained in prison, serving a 10-year sentence for defamation, according to the Honduran press freedom organization C-Libre. Chronic violence, insecurity and now ... Seventeen-year-old mother leaves Honduras with her one-year old son, hoping to get a visa for the United States. Most cruise line passengers experience no problems, but there have been reports of associated armed robbery and carjacking. Honduras has a long history of sustaining damage due to powerful tropical storms and hurricanes. In addition, a lack of implementing regulations leads to long delays in the awarding of titles in some regions. Roatán and the Bay Islands are geographically separate from the mainland and experience lower crime rates even when compared with other Caribbean islands. Lobo denies the allegations. ERIC staff join caravans as independent witnesses. The location and timing of criminal activity are unpredictable. Several United Nations agencies working in Honduras have noted that violence against LGBT individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee in search of international protection. Civil unrest in Tegucigalpa and other parts of Honduras remains a constant challenge. Many activists report that crimes committed against the LGBTI+ community go unpunished. This corrupts the criminal justice system. Diarrheal illness is very common even in large cities and luxury accommodations. Nine significant tropical storms/hurricanes since 1995 have affected Honduras. Extortion is a key source of … Review OSAC’s report, All That You Should Leave Behind. Many of these U.S. citizens are church and humanitarian aid volunteers working throughout the country, including in gang-controlled neighborhoods. Exercise extreme caution driving on isolated stretches of road and passing other vehicles on mountainous curves. Contact OSAC’s, https://www.facebook.com/embajadahonduras/, https://hn.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/spsca/, External links to other internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein, Travel Advisory: Honduras - Level 3 (Reconsider Travel), Central America Natural Disaster Emergency Planning: OSAC Guidance and Resources. The U.S. Department of State has assessed Tegucigalpa as being a LOW-threat location for terrorism directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. To understand violence in Honduras, you have to understand one negative, recurring cycle. Violence linked to land disputes also occurs, particularly in the Bay Islands and Bajo Aguan Valley in northern Honduras. By James Blears Handcuffed MS-13 - or Mara Salvatrucha - gang leader Alexander Mendoza, nicknamed "Porky", was escorted into a court hearing in the Honduran town of El Progresso, which is near to the country's second city of San Pedro Sula. Review the State Department’s webpage on insurance overseas. U.S. organizations and citizens report corruption in the public sector and the judiciary is a significant constraint to investment in Honduras. Security In Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights. The UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers visited Honduras in August 2019 and reported that “Honduras needs urgent Government action to strengthen national capacities to fight corruption and reinforce the independence of its judicial system.” Cable signal theft and counterfeit products are the most prevalent violations of intellectual property rights in Honduras. Gangs control some of the taxi services. Expert Statement. Three other journalists had been killed in 2019 as of November. Most of these attacks involved gang members demanding extortion payments. Migrants and Refugees. The U.S. Embassy estimates at least 30,000 U.S. citizens reside in Honduras. A1 1.00-4.00 pts … Crime in Honduras concerns how in recent years Honduras has experienced very high levels of violence and criminality. Drug trafficking and gang activity, which includes local micro-trafficking of narcotics and extortion, are the main causes of violent crime in Honduras. Download the State Department’s Crime Victims Assistance, For fire and public safety emergencies, dial. Embassy employees and others have experienced skimming at well-known restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Spurred by anger with the government over accusations of public corruption, allegations of involvement in narcotics trafficking, and efforts to pass controversial education reform, protests and demonstrations were near-daily occurrences at times during 2019. However, protesters will also block, key intercity transportation routes and intracity intersections with burning tires, rocks and other debris, to include the roads leading to the international airports in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, and the CA-5 and CA-11 highways. Port agencies have worked to improve taxi service to/from ports. Would you like to continue with this session or log out? Counterfeit U.S. currency is also common. Homicide violence reached a peak in 2012 with an average of 20 homicides a day. In October, María Digna Montero, a member of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH) and a defender of the indigenous Garifuna land and culture, was shot and killed in her home in Colón by unknown individuals. ; and read the State Department’s webpage on, Passengers on public buses have been the victims of robbery at roadblocks and bus stops, during daytime and nighttime hours. Embassy employees and others have experienced skimming at well-known restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Historically, corruption has been pervasive in government procurement, issuance of government permits, customs, real estate transactions (particularly land title transfers), performance requirements, and the regulatory system. Honduras lacks the infrastructure to maintain water purity and food safety. There have also been cases of police harassment of patrons in LGBTI+ nightclubs. As of September, officials were debating whether to extend MACCIH’s mandate, which was set to expire at the end of 2019. The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders calls Honduras one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America for human rights defenders. Review the State Department’s webpage on. 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