Honduras. As in other Central American countries, crime
was high on the agenda during the year. Congress President
Porfirio Lobo even proposed the reintroduction of the death
penalty, which H. abolished in 1957, to meet the growing
organized crime, especially Colombian cocaine leagues,
Chinese human traffickers and youth gangs. However, the
opposition to the proposal was compact from both the
opposition and the church as well as President Ricardo
CountryAAH, the total population in Honduras is 9,904,618 people in 2020.
A minor government crisis was averted when Finance
Minister Arturo Alvarado resigned in early August,
officially for personal reasons. However, analysts believe
the reason was difficulties in convincing Congress about the
budget discipline that Alvarado strongly advocated.
A marked political assassination took place on July 10,
when Elpídio Martínez Chavarría, leader of the Pech Indians
in the Eastern Honduras, was killed. The Pech tribe is Honduras's fifth
largest Indian group, and they are fighting for the
preservation of traditional rights. Since 1994, eight of its
leaders have been murdered.
Honduran authorities arrested David Castillo Mejía in
March, charged with participating in the assassination of
Berta Cáceres two years earlier. Mejía was a former
intelligence officer and director of the firm to build the
dam that Cáceres and her organization protested against. The
British newspaper Guardian's own investigation revealed that
Cáceres had been listed on the military death lists several
months before his death, and that these lists were also in
the possession of the United States. There is a long
tradition in the country for cooperation between its
security forces and the United States, and in this case, the
United States knew of the planned murder several months
before it was committed. US Ambassador Heidi Fulton welcomed
the arrest of Mejía.
16 votes from an oppressed people in Honduras. Part of
the explanation that thousands are fleeing the regime the
United States has created in the country.