Uncontrollable Violence in Honduras
By Dialogo March 01, 2013 The 2012 murder rate was slightly lower to that of the previous year, but it is still far higher than the worldwide average, considered to be 8.8 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Observatory of Violence at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) said in a report. A law passed by the government forbids two men from riding a motorcycle together, to hinder the operation of hit men or hires assassins. Honduras holds the highest murder rate worldwide, with 91.6 murders per 100,000 inhabitants according to the 2012 UN Homicide Statistics Report, despite the government policy directing military officers to patrol the streets, violence experts said on February 27. Police and military presence is felt not only in urban areas, but also in shanty towns, as well as on public transportation. Recently, President Lobo sent 2,000 troops to patrol the streets of the country’s most violent cities to support a police force of 14,500 members that is struggling with the crime wave that is sweeping the country. Likewise, telephone wiretaps have been approved, cameras have been installed on the streets in main cities, and a report system using a 911 line has been established.