4. Honduras: A Violence, Repression and Impunity Capital of the World
Honduras: A Violence, Repression and Impunity Capital of the World
Written by Grahame Russell
Friday, 18 May 2012 11:44
There is no end in sight to violence and repression in Honduras. There is also no end in sight to American and Canadian governments and business maintaining political, economic and military relations with the country's military-backed regime.
Even as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officers killed at least 4 Honduran civilians - including 2 pregnant women - in the name of the "drug war", two more journalists, Alfredo Villatoro and Erick Martínez Ávila, have been killed in Honduras.
'Violence Capital' of the World
Since the June 2009 military coup, that ousted the country's democratically-elected government, Honduras has been referred to as the 'murder capital' of the world, a 'journalist killing' capital of the Americas, an 'LGBT killing capital', a 'prisoner killing capital', a 'lawyer killing capital', etc.
"It's time to acknowledge the foreign policy disaster that American support for the Porfirio Lobo administration in Honduras has become. Ever since the June 28, 2009, coup that deposed Honduras's democratically elected president, José Manuel Zelaya, the country has been descending deeper into a human rights and security abyss. That abyss is in good part the State Department's making...According to the United Nations, it now has the world's highest murder rate, and San Pedro Sula, its second city, is more dangerous than Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a center for drug cartel violence. Much of the press in the United States has attributed this violence solely to drug trafficking and gangs. But the coup was what threw open the doors to a huge increase in drug trafficking and violence, and it unleashed a continuing wave of state-sponsored repression."