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Honduras: A Deadly Country For Women, And The Coup Hasn’t Helped

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 2, 2012

Honduran murder statistics for women, from the CONADEH report

Following up on Charles’ 08/01 post on Honduras and Mexico, I thought I should mention this from TrustLaw’s Anastasia Moloney:

The number of women murdered in Honduras has more than quadrupled since 2002, the national human rights commission says, with more than 90 percent of the killings going unpunished in the country which has the world’s highest murder rate.

Forty percent of the 3,018 women murdered over the past decade were killed in the last two years, the commision said in a report. In 2010, 36 women were killed on average each month in Honduras. In the first half of this year, that figure rose to 46 – about three women every two days.

The article goes on to state that experts blame the rise on various causes, most notably drug trafficking and general anti-female attitudes, things that have long plagued Honduras. But that doesn’t explain why forty percent of the 3,018 murders of women all occurred within the past two years.

What’s interesting is that the CONADEH report cited by the article doesn’t frame it the way the article implies it did. Instead of stating that “forty percent of the 3,018 women murdered over the past decade were killed in the last two years”, the report, written in Spanish, states it as follows in a passage with the following header:

“41% de las muertes violentas de mujeres se registraron en el gobierno de Pepe Lobo”

In English, that translates as “41% of the violent deaths of women occurred under the government of Pepe Lobo“. In other words, the murders were committed after Manuel Zelaya, the last legitimately elected president of Honduras, was toppled by Lanny Davis’ paymasters and after Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa won a joke of an election in September November of 2009. This fact is made even more explicit in this passage: “En lo que va de la actual administración del Presidente Porfirio Lobo (2010 – junio 2012) se registró la muerte violenta de 1,228 mujeres, cifra que representa el 41% de los homicidios cometidos desde el 2002.”, which translates as “So far the current administration of President Porfirio Lobo (2010 – June 2012) has recorded the violent deaths of 1,228 women, representing 41% of homicides since 2002.”

One wonders why Ms. Moloney, or her TrustLaw (Thomson Reuters) editors, chose to remove all mention of what the CONADEH report references prominently — namely, the references to Pepe Lobo.

As horrifying as is the sharp rise in the murders of women, it must be noted (as the CONADEH report does) that the murder toll for men is far higher: Of the 16,643 violent deaths in Honduras between 2010 and June 2012, 15.415 (92.62%) were of men while 1,228 (7.38%) were of women.

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