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'Organized Crime Permeates Society' in Honduras: Presidential Advisor

'Organized Crime Permeates Society' in Honduras: Presidential Advisor

While Honduran drug traffickers testify in US courts about their ties with the country's political class, a presidential advisor in Honduras has no qualms about saying that the links between criminals and candidates encompass all political parties.

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One of the poorest countries in Latin America, Honduras is now also the region's most violent and crime-ridden country. This is, in part, due to its role as a strategically important transit nation for the transnational drug trade, as well as macroeconomic shifts, endemic poverty, corruption, and political turmoil. Estimates vary, but between 140 and 300 tons of cocaine are believed to pass through the country each year.

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  • Closing of Private School in Honduras Linked to Extortion

    Gangs target students and schools for extortion

    The temporary closing of a private school in Honduras may have been due to the imposition of what administrators are calling a "war tax," an illustration of how extortion negatively affects the daily life of so many in this Central American nation. 

  • Honduras Extraditions Expose Judicial System's Weak Links

    Honduras’ Attorney General Óscar Fernando Chinchilla

    Honduras' Attorney General's Office has helped capture some of the country's most powerful criminals and their assets, shaking the country's underworld, but the government's reliance on extradition raises questions about the long-term impact of these actions.

  • Report Reveals Intersection of Development Projects, Organized Crime in Honduras

    Land activists are more likely to be killed in Honduras than anywhere else in the world.

    A new report by the watchdog group Global Witness suggests that state institutions co-opted by business and political elites helped transform Honduras into the world's most dangerous place for environmental activists, highlighting how criminal networks can turn development projects into deadly illicit enterprises.

  • Where Chaos Reigns: Inside the San Pedro Sula Prison

    In San Pedro Sula's jailhouse, chaos reigns. The inmates, trapped in their collective misery, battle for control over every inch of their tight quarters. Farm animals and guard dogs roam free and feed off scraps, which can include a human heart. Every day is visitors' day, and the economy bustles with everything from chicken stands to men who can build customized jail cells. Here you can find a party stocked with champagne and live music. But you can also find an inmate hacked to pieces. Those who guard these quarters are also those who get rich selling air-conditioned rooms, and those who pay the consequences if they get too greedy. That's how inmates live, on their own virtual island free from government interference, in the San Pedro Sula prison.

  • Honduras to Combat Police Impersonation with New Uniforms

    Police in Honduras are getting new uniforms to combat officer impersonation

    Security officials in Honduras announced that the National Police will adopt new uniforms designed to combat officer impersonation, a noteworthy step toward combating a longstanding problem.

  • Money Laundering Links Honduras, Panama and US

    Honduras' IHSS case may now have links to Panama and the US.

    Two Honduran executives allegedly used a Panamanian business and a US bank to pay $2.5 million in bribes, suggesting that banks based in Panama and the United States may be involved in one of the biggest corruption cases in Honduras.

  • Honduras Extends Police Reform Commission until 2018

    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández

    The president of Honduras has announced that a reform commission designed to purge the country's police forces will continue its work until 2018, a move that could strengthen his bid for re-election.

  • New Allegations Highlight Continuing Corruption in Honduras Police

    One of the police officers arrested as a result of the recent investigation

    Authorities in Honduras have dismantled several networks of allegedly corrupt law enforcement officers, a positive sign for the country's efforts to purge its police institution but also a reminder of the depth and breadth of corruption in the force.

  • InSight Crime's 2016 Homicide Round-up

    InSight Crime's round-up of Latin America and the Caribbean's 2016 homicide rates

    Politicians often make lofty promises about reducing homicides and improving citizen security, but which Latin American and Caribbean countries actually achieved this over the past year? Find out in our annual homicide report. 

  • GameChangers 2016: Sunset of the Central American Spring

    Former Guatemala president Otto Pérez Molina in custody

    As the year closed, the successes and failures of the fight against corruption, impunity and organized crime in the Northern Triangle combine to leave a bitter-sweet taste.

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