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5 killed when plane crashes into sea after takeoff in Honduras

Five people, four Americans and a Canadian were killed when a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from an airport in Honduras on Saturday, according to officials. The crash happened off Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. The...

Extortion in Central America

Insightcrime.org - Extortion in Central America comes in many forms and targets different victims. The actors behind it also vary, as does the way in which these illicit earnings exchange hands. In the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, mass systematic schemes...

Costa Rica is the second country with the least violence in Central America

Despite the fact that the homicides have worried the population and authorities in the country, Costa Rica is the second with the least violence in Central America, only behind Panama. The data was announced at the XIV Central American Security Conference (XIV Conferencia de Seguridad...

Latin American Migrants Turn to Train Hopping Amid Crackdown in Mexico

Migrants from Latin American countries have once again resorted to illegal freight train hopping in an attempt to evade measures aimed at curbing illegal migration deployed by the Mexican government. The government measures have already proven their effectiveness, significantly complicating travel by other means of...

The exception that is Costa Rica

In the ongoing debate about immigration in the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of the caravans and those crossing into the U.S. from Mexico are from these countries. Why isn’t Costa Rica experiencing a similar...

Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

Trump Accuses Central American Migrants As “Thugs” and “Criminals”

US President Donald Trump has accused immigration from Central American entering the United States from the Mexico border of perpetrating crimes and stirring up violence and denounced his country’s asylum program as a "scam". In Las Vegas on Saturday, speaking at an event, Trump underscored...

No More US Financial Aid for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

United States President Donald Trump has ordered to suspend financial assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) said. The U.S.-based outlet Politico reported that some US$627 million, which Congress allocated to the Central American countries last year, are "blocked"...

Italy Seizes 650 Kg Cocaine Shipped Via Costa Rica

Italian authorities report the seizure of 650 kg of cocaine in the northwestern port of Livorno earlier this month, more than double the entire amount seized there last year, originating from Central America. The street value of the seized cocaine, discovered on January 15 stuffed...

Honduras: Women’s Day Rejects Violence and Impunity

Violence, forced displacement and impunity is overwhelming the women of Honduras, the National Commissioner for Human Rights Roberto Herrera recognized on the eve of the "Honduran Women's Day," which is celebrated annually on Jan. 25. Between 2012 and 2018 about 6,142 Honduran women lost their...

Honduras: Land of gangs and violence

Criminal gangs pose an existential threat to state and society in Honduras. For many, the only option is to flee. One of most violent countries in the world Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. In 2011-2012, there were 86 homicides per...

Honduran president during US-funded ‘Contra’ war on Nicaragua dies

Roberto Suazo Cordova, president of Honduras during the US-financed "Contra" war against Nicaragua of the 1980s, died on Saturday, officials said. Suazo, who was president from 1982 to 1986, was being treated at a military hospital near Tegucigalpa for cardiac issues when he died, the...

Gang Prevention in Central America: A Lost Battle Against State Indifference?

(Insightcrime.org)  With migrants fleeing murder and violence in droves and the evident flop of repressive policies in the Northern Triangle, gang prevention and rehabilitation programs seem evermore appealing. But their impact will continue to be limited unless governments invest time and resources in more...

Migrant caravan members have right to claim asylum – here’s why getting it will be hard

Roughly 5,000 people, mostly from Central America’s violent and unstable “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are reportedly making their way through Mexico with the intention of claiming asylum at the U.S. border. The so-called “migrant caravan” is attracting intense social and...

Honduras migrant caravan organizer detained in Guatemala

(Merco Press) The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as the U.S. government threatened to withdraw aid from both countries and El Salvador if the flow of migrants north to the United States was not stopped. Up to...

Northern Triangle Exceeds US$ 10 billion in remittances

Remittances sent by migrants to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the Northern Triangle of Central America, exceeded US$10 billion dollars between January and July of this year, according to their central banks. Guatemala leads with the highest flow of dollars and a growth of 10.62%...

The Central American Migrant Crisis: What is the Ultimate Solution?

  The Central American migrant crisis has sparked a nationwide debate over immigration, brought to the forefront by policies resulting in the separation of children from their mothers at the border.   The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are from three Central American countries known as...

Honduran Dad Forcefully Split From Family Takes His Own Life

A Honduran father committed suicide in a Texas jail after being separated from his wife and child by U.S. immigration agents upon entering the country. He apparently suffered a breakdown and killed himself the day after being taken away from his family, according to...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is the volcanos. Ok, the beaches are great. The rivers, the forests, the lakes, all nice. But a volcano trumps them all. The isthmus is located along the Ring of Fire and that has meant...

Hondurans March Against US Base After Trump Termination of TPS

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa Saturday to protest Washington's decision to cancel the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which granted protection status to nearly 60,000 Honduran immigrants. The program protected nearly 56,000 Hondurans and offered respite...

“Common Visa” Proposed For Tourism In The Region

The organization of the Central American Council of Tourism recently held a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to continue the search for concrete actions in favor of greater integration and cooperation, such as a common visa, which will result in the growth of...

Honduran Health Ministry Accused of Corruption, Fiscal Fraud

Honduras' Health Ministry is sinking deeper into a corruption scandal, with the National Anti-Corruption Council (CNA) introducing fresh allegations to an ongoing investigation. Presented to the Public Ministry on Thursday, investigators say new evidence and testimonies support the theory of fiscal fraud which has robbed...

Honduras To Invest US$200 Million In Highway To Nicaragua

The Government of Honduras will invest 4.760 Billion lempiras (about US$200 million) in the reconstruction of the road that leads from Tegucigalpa to the eastern city of Danlí and Las Manos, border point with Nicaragua, reported the Prensa Libre. The financing of the 130 kilometer...

Four Central American cities among the most violent

San Salvador and San Pedro Sula have improved, although they remain among the most violent city in Central America: San Salvador in 17th place globally improved by ten positions compared to 2016, in the ranking by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal...

Shrimp Conflict Between Mexico and Honduras Continues

It has been four months since Mexican authorities blocked shrimp imports from Honduras, with no solution in sight in the short term. Alleging the presence of the yellow head disease, a blockade has been in effect in the North American country since October 20. As a...

City Mall Develop Annouces New Mixed Use Real Estate Development

The real estate group, Lady Lee Corporation of Honduran origin, has announced that in 2019 it will start construction of a mixed project in Alajuela that will house a hotel, an office and a restaurant. Without giving further details, representatives of the developer of the "City...

Swearing-in Day ‘Last Chance’ to Avoid Dictatorship in Honduras

Salvador Nasralla, the former Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship, said Friday that the “last chance” to prevent current President Juan Orlando Hernandez from acquiring a new term was Saturday, when he is expected to be sworn-in, because his re-election...

InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up In Latin America & Caribbean

(Insightcrime.org) Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises: 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide rates for many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Once again, InSight Crime presents its annual homicide round-up to give a snapshot of murder rates around...

Honduras next in line for US decision on protected migrants

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — This week’s news that the Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador is also rattling nerves in neighboring Honduras. A decision on the fate of more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the United States under TPS...

Honduras Sees Reduction in Homicides, Drops Out of Ten-Most Violent Countries

For several years, Honduras was one of the most dangerous countries in the world, but this has gradually changed as the rate of homicides declined. The Honduran National Police have reported that the homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants has been reduced by 34 points in the last four years. Violent deaths...

2018 Will Be the ‘Year of Liberation’ in Honduras: Zelaya

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has said that 2018 will be the “year of liberation” for the Honduran people. In a written statement posted to his Twitter account, head of the Opposition Alliance invited everyone to “continue to take to the streets" until the “capitalist...

Honduras’s election crisis is likely to end in violence

The violent election crisis in Honduras, where both incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández and challenger Salvador Nasralla are claiming victory in the country’s Nov. 29 presidential race, has now entered its second chaotic week. Official results from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal ultimately gave Hernández a...

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