Homicides in Honduras fell 12 percent in 2015 thanks in part to the capture and extradition to the United States of drug cartel bosses, a United Nations-backed organization said on Wednesday.
The murder rate in Honduras dropped to 60 per 100,000 people from the 2014 rate of 68 per 100,000 people, according to the respected National Autonomous University of Honduras’ Observatory of Violence program. (UNAH)
In 2015 the murder rate in Honduras dropped to 60 per 100,000 people from the 2014 rate of 68 per 100,000 people.
Honduras Military Police has helped reduce the murder rate in Honduras from 86 to 66 per 100,000 people.
Honduras is no longer the “Murder Capital of the World” as the international press likes to refer to. However there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety of the Honduran Territory and President Juan Orlando Hernandez is committed to finding a way to grant constitutional status the Honduran PMOP.
In addition to the capture of cartel leaders, the observatory attributed the lower rate to the dismantling of gangs of hit-men.
In the last two years, Honduras has extradited eight gang leaders to the United States.
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Since taking office in 2014, President Juan Hernandez’ ramped-up military offense against drug traffickers and gangs has dramatically driven down the homicide rate.
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But since the military was first deployed under his predecessor in 2012, allegations of abuses by soldiers have also risen.