• Costa Rica Real Estate Auction
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

Honduras brings homicide rate down

January 25, 2015

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras has sharply reduced its homicide rate, one of the world’s worst, from 86 to 66 per 100,000 people, President Juan Orlando Hernández said Sunday.

“We have started to defeat organized crime and drug traffickers who were trying to take control of our nation,” Hernández told lawmakers.

“Yet there is still a great deal to be done” against the illegal drug trade and violent crime caused by gang members, he said.

The president also defended the creation of the controversial Public Safety Military Police. It has 3,000 members and operates in 16 of Honduras’s 18 departments. Hernández wants to make it a permanent security force.

Opposition members have charged that Hernández has built a personal police force to support him in an effort to seek reelection, which is not allowed in Honduras.

Seventy percent of Honduras’s 8.6 million people live in poverty.

You may be interested

Pura Vida in Costa Rica: Part 1 of 3
Travel & Tourism
13 views
Travel & Tourism
13 views

Pura Vida in Costa Rica: Part 1 of 3

Ed Boitano / Travel Boy - November 18, 2019

Travel writer Ed Boitano recently spent some time in Costa Rica. He chronicled his experiences at the publication Travel Boy. …

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: November 18, 2019
Costa Rica
373 views
Costa Rica
373 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: November 18, 2019

The Tico Times - November 18, 2019

Welcome to The Tico Times Weekly Digest, where we bring you up-to-speed on the biggest news from Costa Rica. Check…

Fate of bigeye tuna in the balance in quota meet
Costa Rica
29 views
Costa Rica
29 views

Fate of bigeye tuna in the balance in quota meet

Laure Fillon / AFP - November 18, 2019

The fate of big-eye tuna, over-fished and in decline, could be decided this week when fishing nations meet to set…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!