According to UNICEF, a third of Honduran girls are married before 18. Inhumane conditions, including overcrowding, inadequate nutrition, and poor sanitation, are endemic to Honduran prisons. Still, a backlog of title work represents a challenge that works almost like a tax on the country, slowing economic growth. Violent crime is rampant in Honduras. Honduras is considered a dangerous country compared with other places in the region. Trouble in Honduras 45:44. We now run Hotel y Restaurante Frontera del Caribe in Puerto Cortes Honduras. Through my work, I hope to help solve some of the world's biggest problems--poverty, disease and climate change. 4. Other improved conditions have been reported within Honduras. Before US Marshals seized and extracted him from Honduras in 1988, then formally arrested him for aiding in the 1985-murder of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent in Mexico, he had set up numerous businesses in Honduras and had bought large tracks of land, particularly in the Olancho province in Honduras. Violence: Honduras reached a point of having the highest murder rate in the world. His hopes were realized. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, with more than 66 percent of the population living in poverty. A friend of his attempted to cross Mexico last year but contracted tuberculosis along the way and returned to Honduras. In the next two articles in this series, we’ll look more closely at the work of the Association for a More Just Society founded by Kurt Ver Beek and at Tegu, a toy manufacturer created specifically to create jobs in Tegucigalpa. Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people in 90 countries worldwide, spotlighting abuses and bringing perpetrators to justice, Human Rights Watch is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 13-2875808, Attacks on Journalists and Restrictions on Freedom of Expression, Association, and Assembly, Attacks on Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders, and Environmental Activists, The Pushback Against the Populist Challenge. Here’s a list of 14: 1. This looks like it may be the case. Do not travel to: Gracias a Dios Department due to crime. Ver Beek’s team says about 60% of the country lives on less than $2 per day, the World Bank’s threshold for extreme poverty (actually set at $1.90, the threshold is frequently rounded). Impunity for crime and human rights abuses is the norm. While the rate has dropped about in half, it … He loves the work and is treated as a professional. (We’re just below Bosnia and Herzegovina.) Created at the beginning of this century to bring clarity to land ownership, to shift from a personal property model to a real property model. Laid-back, low-profile Honduras is one of Central America's largely unknown tourist destinations. There is no disputing that Honduras has problems with crime, much of it due to the extreme poverty, and also the proliferation of drug trade participants. Prison guards at many facilities have effectively relinquished control over the prison grounds to the inmates. Valle had received repeated threats in the past. 1299) on March 2, 2017. In July 2017, the MACCIH announced that it would investigate the funding and government concession granted to DESA for the Agua Zarca Dam project for possible corruption and money laundering. Brain drain: Almost everyone who can leave, does. However, none of the police officers expelled upon orders of the commission has been convicted to date for alleged involvement in criminal activities including human rights abuses. 5. He still struggles to survive. 9. Most recently, journalist Carlos William Flores was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle in Cortes, near the Guatemalan border. Lester Maldonado, works in shipping at Tegu, a toy manufacturer created with the mission to employ ... [+] Hondurans. Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado became a tragic symbol of gender-based violence after she was killed, but many Honduran women live in fear of being attacked by men. We’ll examine the impact of these social entrepreneurs and the opportunities for others to address the challenges in Honduras. People over 40 consistently complain that companies openly discriminate on the basis of age, refusing even to interview candidates over 35. While there, I spoke with Kurt Ver Beek, co-founder and president of the Association for a More Just Society in Honduras, where he has lived for 30 years. Building a wall or closing the border shouldn’t be the only options available to us. The Road Heroes DVD series helps answer the question - Why Go? Honduras has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including schools). Without a visa, Central Americans are routinely pulled from buses by authorities to prevent them from making their way to the border. Honduras, according to the New York Times, is one of Latin America’s “poorest and most unequal countries” with a fraught social structure that may not “withstand a new bout of political uncertainty” following the election. Over the five days, Maldonado slowly shifted his mindset from hoping to avoid detection by border patrol to hoping to be caught. Hondurans won’t drink the water that comes out of the tap anywhere in the country. Its overall score has increased by 0.9 point, led by an improvement in the property rights score. News. As in the US, these diplomatic posts are places where you can see the strings connecting the elected government to the unelected one. For example, the Bay Islands are safer than the mainland.Many people do travel to this particular part of Honduras, even with their families. The bill would suspend US funding for the country’s police and military operations until the Honduras government prosecutes and convicts those who ordered and carried out the murder of Cáceres, in addition to other killings and attacks against other activists; investigate and prosecute members of military and police forces who have allegedly violated human rights; withdraw the military from domestic policing; establish effective protections for human rights defenders; and strengthen rule of law. Everyone I spoke to complained that there are no good jobs. Residents are also seeing more severe storms. Climate change: As a further element of context for this struggling country, it is worth noting that residents have begun to recognize the impact of climate change. I first visited Honduras in 1987 to do research. Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (14 November, 2020) Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (13 November, 2020) Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (12 November, 2020) Weather Alert – U.S Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras … With the crisis at the border and the growing political controversy swirling around migrants—many from Central America—arriving at the U.S. Mexico border seeking asylum and otherwise crossing into the country without visas, I went to Honduras to see what they are fleeing. Horizons Unlimited Presents! He attributes the recent surge largely to President Trump’s messaging. X. Poor health care: The infant mortality rate in Honduras is among the lower half of countries in the world at three-times the rate of the United States, which at 5.8 pre 1,000 live births isn’t great. 8. Still, his monthly earnings of about $300 don’t allow him to save anything for the future. He hired a coyote to help him cross the border but two in the group who had promised to pay the required $5,000, left without paying. The so-called Football War, or 100-Hour War, was fought between Honduras and El Salvador July 14-18, 1969 as a result of an intense soccer rivalry, though its … On June 30, the former vice-president of the defunct Judiciary Council, Teodoro Bonilla, was found guilty of influence peddling. Go here for Reuters' report of the story. Deeply optimistic, I’m an author, educator and speaker; I call myself a champion of social good. Port Royal is an area that is sparsely populated, and isolated. Using his authority as a senior official of the judicial oversight body, Bonilla pressured two judges into favoring relatives of his who were charged with illegal weapons possession and money laundering. 7. To read their version of what happened, you'd think "oh, those ugly, anti-democratic soldiers." On May 5, 2017, the National Congress of Honduras voted against modifying the existing criminal code to allow abortion in cases of rape, grave fetal malformations and grave risks to the health of the woman. Trouble in Honduras January 14, 2014 January 13, 2014 ~ Marc Long Last week, Louise Arbour, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and current CEO of the International Crisis Group, authored her annual prediction on possible conflicts around the world. Americas. Honduran ex-president stopped with $18,000 in cash at airport. Honduras was once referred to as Spanish Honduras in order to distinguish it from British Honduras, which is now Belize. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Spain is the second most popular destination after the United States. While the rate has dropped about in half, it remains at seven times the U.S. rate of 6.2 per 100,000. My visit, during the middle of the monsoon season, saw no rain in four days. TROUBLE IN HONDURAS. To date, eight men have been charged with the murder in March 2016 of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, including an army major and the former environment manager of Desarrollo Energético S.A. (DESA), the company behind the Agua Zarca dam project that Cáceres was campaigning against at the time of her death. Members of Congress reintroduced the “Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act” (H.R. 2. He was jailed for 40 days before being put on a plane bound for Honduras. In contrast with Nicaragua where each EAP contributes with $497. In May 2017, President Juan Orlando Hernández launched an initiative to revise the criminal code to allow children as young 12 to be prosecuted as adults, rather than through the existing juvenile justice system, in violation of international standards. But as for Honduras as a whole, right now it’s as safe as it ever was: not very. The new bill replaces legislation that previously allowed for girls to marry at 16 with permission from family. Under the criminal code, abortion is illegal without any exceptions in Honduras, and women and girls who terminate pregnancies can face prison sentences of up to six years. This article is … The jail time seems to have had the intended effect. News about Honduras, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. The desire to leave isn’t limited to people at the lower end of the economic spectrum. Crime: Apart from violent crime, people in Honduras must deal with the risk of property crime, making it more expensive to own and maintain property from cars to businesses. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Honduras. Trouble in Honduras' Korean Embassy As we have been monitoring the process of setting the Lobo Sosa administration into place, we have been tracking political appointments, including those of ambassadors. Left for dead in the desert, they walked for five days. Despite having purchased a three-for-one deal for $6,500 from a coyote who agreed to take him to the border up to three times, William doubts he’ll return to try again. $125 is the amount of money invested by each economically active member of the population (EAP) in terms of the national security budget. Violence: Honduras reached a point of having the highest murder rate in the world. The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) both expressed concern about the ambiguous formulation of the law and its potential to arbitrarily restrict freedom of expression and of the press. The Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists, Human Rights Defenders and Operators of Justice, created in 2015, suffered from a lack of adequate resources and staffing, according to local activists. 12. Lester Maldonado, who works in shipping at Tegu, nearly died on his attempt to migrate. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. In 2014, the agency issued only a few thousand titles during the year and 100% had flaws. Between 2004 and 2018, Hernández was involved in processing, receiving, transporting and distributing multi-ton loads of cocaine that came to Honduras by … Two-thirds of its roughly 9 million people live in poverty, according to the World Bank, and in rural areas, 1 … In other words, Ver Beek says, Mr. Trump is essentially saying you better come to the U.S. now while you still can. Other improved conditions have been reported within Honduras. The coyote locked the remaining members of the group in a house and kept them prisoner for two weeks trying to extort more money from each of them, before relenting. In July 2017, David Valle, project coordinator of the Center for LGBTI Cooperation and Development, was stabbed by a stranger in his home in Tegucigalpa. And Hondurans are paying attention. Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, argue with military police during a protest to demand the official presidential election results, outside the warehouse of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras November 30, 2017.Â, People Born with Atypical Sex Characteristics Battle For Informed Consent, The Case for the Right to a Healthy Environment. Rother Corea, the manager of manufacturing for Tegu, explained that “everyone has been assaulted. Champion of Social Good | Bestselling Author | Educator | Speaker, EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation With Forbes Insights, Association for a More Just Society in Honduras. July 14, 1885. This was because hundreds of U.S. soldiers were stationed at the nearby Palmerola Air Base at the time. 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