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Fracking, mining, murder: the killer agenda driving migration in Mexico and Central America

Fracking, mining, murder: the killer agenda driving migration in Mexico and Central America

(Q24N) On January 19, Mexican indigenous activist Isidro Baldenegro López, who in 2005 won the Goldman Environmental Prize for his efforts to protect ancestral old-growth forests from logging, was gunned down in Chihuahua State. His murder follows that of fellow Goldman recipient Berta Cáceres, whose March 2016 death in Honduras appears to have been “an […]

Honduran Smugglers Taking Advantage of Trump Victory: US Embassy

Honduran Smugglers Taking Advantage of Trump Victory: US Embassy

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) The United States’ Embassy in Honduras has warned of an increase in the demand for Honduran “coyotes” to smuggle people into the United States, a sign that President-elect Donald Trump’s electoral victory is already influencing the region’s criminal dynamics. In a November 17 press release, the embassy cited “recent reports” of coyotes “using […]

US Sentences Former Honduran President’s Son for Drug Trafficking

US Sentences Former Honduran President’s Son for Drug Trafficking

(Q24N via Prensa Latina) A U.S. Court will today sentence Fabio Lobo, the son of Honduran former president, Porfirio Lobo (2010-14), who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in the country, according to local media reports. U.S. authorities captured the former Honduran leader’s son in May 2015, as part of a ‘trap operation’ in Haiti, after […]

More Than 200.000 Displaced Due to Violence in Honduras

(Prensa Latina) Over 200.000 Hondurans were forced to flee in this Central American country last year due to violence, humanitarian agencies reported today. In this context, representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Human Rights Commissioner in Honduras, regretted that many people are forced to leave their communities. Many […]

Toncontin: Its Closed, Its Not Closed …

Q24N HONDURAS – The contract signed with the concessionaire of the next international airport of Honduras establishes that the Toncontin international airport must be closed down. “At this moment” they, authorities of the  Secretaría de Finanzas (Sefin) y de Infraestructura y Servicios Públicos (Insep), want to change that contract. In a demonstration of how insecure […]

Number of Hondurans Displaced By Violence Close to 175,000

Number of Hondurans Displaced By Violence Close to 175,000

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Around 175,000 Hondurans have been displaced by violence recently in this country, said today the representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Andres Celis. As part of admitting the problem, the Honduran Government fostered the shaping of the Inter-institution Commission for the protection of people forced to […]

Honduran Mayor Arrested for Killings

Honduran Mayor Arrested for Killings

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Members of the Elements of the Honduran Technical Elements of Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC) arrested today the mayor of San Fernando, Ocotepeque department, Jairon Chinchilla Carrillo, who is accused of leading a gang of contract killers. The municipal mayor, associated with the criminal gang Los Carrillo, is allegedly involved in the death […]

Gunmen kill prominent environmental activist in Honduras

Gunmen kill prominent environmental activist in Honduras

(Q24N) An award-winning indigenous and environmental rights activist was shot and killed in Honduras, just days after she denounced the killings of four other activists opposed to a hydropower plant project in the Central American country. Authorities said assailants forced their way into the home of Berta Cáceres, the winner of the prestigious 2015 Goldman […]

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, US to Review Joint Plan

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, US to Review Joint Plan

(Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez, confirmed that representatives of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will hold a meeting in Washington with Vice President Joseph Biden, on February 24. At the meeting they will review the progress of the agreements reached in the plan called Alliance for the prosperity of the Northern Triangle of Central […]

Over 4,000 Hondurans Deported in 2016, Says Report

Over 4,000 Hondurans Deported in 2016, Says Report

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Official statistics confirm today that Honduras received more than 4,000 nationals deported from the United States and Mexico since the beginning of this year. According to the Center for Migrants Returned, the northern nation repatriated by air 1,738 people, of which 80 percent are men and the remaining 20 are women. A […]

November the Most Violent Month in Honduras This Year

November the Most Violent Month in Honduras This Year

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Over 50 people lost their lives in massacres perpetrated in November, an increase in violence that worries the authorities and the civil society in Honduras. According to the National Commissioner for Human Rights, Roberto Herrera, at least nine killings were registered with multiple victims in the said period. There is an absolute […]

Why is Honduras So Violent?

Why is Honduras So Violent?

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) – Times are tough in Honduras. Worse, many of the country’s challenges are transnational in origin and are beyond the capacity of Hondurans to solve alone. They have nonetheless had a corrosive effect on Honduran society and its institutions. After the success of Plan Colombia and Mexico‘s crackdown on drug trafficking under President […]

Honduras Forced Liquidation of Banco Continental

Honduras Forced Liquidation of Banco Continental

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – It has been announced that deposits up to $ 92,000 (L200,000) per person will be returned, and then payments to employees, depositors and others, noting that “… there are sufficient resources to address them all.” The cause is the inclusion of the institution in the list of the U.S Office of […]

Why Elites Do Business with Criminals in Honduras

Why Elites Do Business with Criminals in Honduras

In early June, four months before the US released an indictment against Jaime Rosenthal and three others, InSight Crime sat down with Jaime and his daughter to discuss why one of the wealthiest and politically connected families in Honduras did extensive business with the Cachiros, once one of the region’s most powerful drug trafficking clans. […]

Ambulance Collision Kills 10 In Honduras (Photos)

Ambulance Collision Kills 10 In Honduras (Photos)

TEGUCIGALPA – At least 10 people were killed, including two minors, when a fire department ambulance collided with a passenger bus in northern Honduras early Friday. The crash occurred along a stretch of highway linking the city of Yoro to Sulaco, daily La Prensa reported with a photo showing the bus lying on its side. […]

Honduras Progresses in Fight Against Women Trafficking

Honduras Progresses in Fight Against Women Trafficking

(Prensa Latina) Honduras made significant advances to fight women trafficking although there is still much to do, said today the special attorney for Women Nora Urbina. In her opinion, important achievements were reached but further progress is needed to settle this issue. During the current year, at least 10 victims were rescued; they are in […]

Honduras to Spearhead Strategic Planning in Latin America

Honduras to Spearhead Strategic Planning in Latin America

QCOSTARICA CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Honduras may be well positioned to become a forerunner on strategic planning and management in Latin America. On Wednesday, August 19, the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) launched their first international chapter to a worldwide audience with a conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The event was held at the Central American […]

Drug Trafficking Cooperation Between Honduras and the U.S. Proves Positive

Drug Trafficking Cooperation Between Honduras and the U.S. Proves Positive

(QCOSTARICA CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS) – Efforts by the country’s Military and police to shut down drug trafficking routes have effectively thwarted cocaine smugglers from using Honduras as a main transshipment point to the United States. Operations against transnational drug trafficking groups which have done so in the past has been a key component of President […]

Travel Alert Over Violence in Honduras

Travel Alert Over Violence in Honduras

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – The US Government has renewed its travel alert warning stating that the levels of violence and crime remain “critically high, but have declined in the past two years.” The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that the level of crime and violence in Honduras remains critically high, although it […]

Bovine Rabies in Honduras

Bovine Rabies in Honduras

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS  –  Authorities at the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua have strengthened health checks at the border with Honduras due to the presence of paralytic bovine rabies in the department of Lempira. Although health authorities have given assurances that the outbreak now poses no risk to Nicaragua, preventive measures are being implemented such […]

A Snapshot of Honduras’ Most Powerful Street Gangs

A Snapshot of Honduras’ Most Powerful Street Gangs

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Figures compiled by a Honduras newspaper provide an illustration of the strongholds and scale of the country’s two most powerful street gangs, the MS13 and the Barrio 18. Sixty percent of the country’s Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 gang members are concentrated in three sectors of San Pedro Sula, the […]

Honduras Builders Ask for Cement Price Reduction

Honduras Builders Ask for Cement Price Reduction

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS- The union argues that a reduction in the price of gray cement would help revive the depressed construction industry. In an attempt to revive the construction sector, which fell by 8% in October 2014, the Honduran Chamber of the Construction Industry (Chico) has asked cement manufacturers for a review of prices. The […]

Honduras Expands Biomass Power

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Honduras has presented in the EIS for the expansion of a power plant based on bagasse with a required investment of US$13.7 million. The environmental impact study has been presented for the expansion of a power plant based on biomass, bagasse, cane stubble and sawdust in the town of San Juan […]

Three Hondurans Among the 12 Richest In Central America

Three Hondurans Among the 12 Richest In Central America

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS (Prensa Latina) Honduras, the poorest and most unequal country in Central America, is news today, because of the inclusion of three of its businessmen in the list of the 12 richest millionaires in this region, according to US magazine Forbes. According to the American publication specializing in the world of business and […]

Honduras Ends 2014 Amid Rising Crime Rate

Honduras Ends 2014 Amid Rising Crime Rate

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS (Prensa Latina) The year 2014 comes to a violent end in Honduras, where every day 15 people die violently at the hands of organized crime despite police efforts to fight violence. Although the media focuses these days on the Christmas celebrations, it cannot hide the reality in the going in world’s most […]

Coffee vs Gangsters In Honduras

Coffee vs Gangsters In Honduras

CENTRAL AMERICA (The Daily Telegraph) — Young people in Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries in the world, are being coaxed away from criminal gangs and taught how to become self-sufficient coffee farmers. Under the ground-breaking Coffee vs Gangs initiative from the coffee corporation Kenco, 20 “at risk” young people have been enrolled in […]

Honduras Expands Military Police by 50%

Honduras Expands Military Police by 50%

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — Honduras is adding 1,000 new officers to its military police, while the president is pushing Congress to enshrine the force in the constitution, in the government’s increasingly militarized approach to public security. The new troops will join the 2,000 current members of the Military Police of Public Order (PMOP) who have […]

Murder Capital of the World: a Social History of Honduras

Murder Capital of the World: a Social History of Honduras

CENTRAL AMERICA (The Telegraph) — When actor and investigative reporter Ross Kemp arrives on your doorstep wearing a stab-proof vest, it is likely you’ve made some ill-informed life choices. So it was perhaps inevitable that Mr Kemp and the film crew of his Extreme World television series went looking for gritty stories in Honduras, Central […]