Thursday, November 11, 2010

More than 600 Honduran Youths Murdered during Lobo's government

Imagen activaTegucigalpa, Nov 11 (Prensa Latina) More than 600 Honduran youths have been killed during the current government of Porfirio Lobo, the humanitarian organization Casa Alianza said Thursday.

  The extrajudicial execution of children under age 22 in poor neighborhoods of major cities is unstoppable, the organization serving street children said.

Most crimes occurred in the capital, Tegucigalpa, and San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in the country.

Manuel Capellin, director of Casa Alianza, said it is urgent that the institutions responsible for the prevention, investigation and punishment of crimes to define urgent actions or strategies.

Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the region, with an average of 16 murders per day, while the global average is eight.

The wave of violence reached extreme levels after the coup of June 2009, a trend maintained in the government of Porfirio Lobo.

The authorities attributed these cases to drug trafficking, organized crime and gangs; however, human rights advocates insist that impunity is one reason for increased crime in Honduras.

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