Over the past week various reports and figures have been released demonstrating the increase in crime in Honduras, while the number of femicides has not decreased, despite stay-at-home measures.
To compound the impact of this, the armed forces have continued to consolidate their power, and people in rural and poor areas are struggling to access healthcare. Read on below for a round up of our coverage from Honduras, and of the news, analysis, and reports that are shedding light on the region’s struggles and resistance.
📌 The impact of violence on Hondurans
Research conducted at the University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras has found that people in Cortes, the most violent state in Honduras, see violence there as stemming from economic problems and corruption, rather than from gangs.
Further, there has been an increase in violence this month, with robbery accounting for 86% of reported crimes, and the majority of crimes taking place in the street. Only 22.4% of the victims say they denounced the crimes.
😷 Coping with the pandemic
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces in Honduras have been helping to contain the pandemic by handing out food and masks. However, at the same time, they have been denounced for human rights violations and for being unable to bring down the levels of violence during this period. During the pandemic the Armed Forces have continued to consolidate their power, while attempting to cover up their violent actions.
For Armed Forces day this week, we remembered a report the UN released stating there were 22 deaths registered during the 2017 elections in Honduras. The document blames public security forces. We covered this in 2018 for Contracorriente and for The Guardian. We noted that such forces continue to use excessive force to disperse protests.
We’ll have more on the long history of the military in Honduran politics next week!