NOTA DE PRENSA
Despite the substantial and steady decrease of murder rates in recent years, Honduras still faces grave security challenges. According to the National Autonomous University Observatory of Violence, the murder rate of the city of San Pedro Sula, the country's economic center, was 56,2 per 100.000 people in 2017, above the national average. Within the city, the neighborhoods of Chamelecón, Rivera Hernandez and Satélite are by far the most challenging, with limited police presence and strong impact of national gangs. The context of multisided violence has posed escalating security risks for women in their homes and on the streets. Domestic, intrafamilial and gender-based violence are constantly reported as some of the main causes of migration and internal displacement in the last decade. To address these issues, IDLO is supporting Honduras institutions through technical assistance to develop targeted legislation on the relevant topics and is working to reduce homicides through strengthened access to justice for women, children and other victims of violence.
Don Ramón’s* niece took him to the hospital one day with the pretext of a check-up and never came back for him. In his seventies and recovering from a road accident, he had become a burden on the family.
For 12 years, Alicia slept by the side of a man who beat and abused her, and once left her for dead after attacking her with a pipe. She felt she had no alternative.
Following a five-month consultative process led by IDLO, the Municipality of San Pedro Sula has adopted a municipal-level policy on HIV/AIDS in the workplace, becoming the first city in Honduras to do so.
The adoption marks a significant step forward in respecting the rights and dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS.
More than thirty representatives of civil society, human rights groups and international organizations attended an IDLO conference in Colombia, this week, on strengthening and expanding legal services available to people living with HIV and other key population groups in Latin America.
La experiencia de IDLO en América Latina durante años se ha visto culminada con la apertura de una oficina en Honduras, justo semanas antes de que el país se uniera formalmente a la Organización en su Asamblea de las Partes de 2015.
Years of IDLO experience in Latin America have culminated in the opening of an office in Honduras, just weeks before the nation formally joined the Organization at its 2015 Assembly of Parties.
With a view to replacing a culture of violence in Honduras with one of legality, IDLO has outlined a program to reduce violent acts and homicides through better access to justice. Work, carried out in partnership with national institutions and civil society organizations, will focus specifically on vulnerable groups, including women, children, youth and people in detention. The program is financed by the US Department of State.
Honduras, Mongolia and Pakistan have formally joined IDLO, taking the number of Member Parties to 30. The three countries were unanimously welcomed as IDLO Members at the organization's Assembly of Parties, currently underway at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. At the event, Irene Khan was confirmed as IDLO's Director-General for a second four-year term.