Honduras’ first female president approaches the legacy of extreme violence


The new president of Honduras is a woman and was the first to be elected to that position in the world’s second-largest country for female murder.

Democratic socialist Xiomara Castro admits Kuomintang candidate Nasry Asfura to be defeated Congratulations She for her victory.

Aside from the first in history, Castro faces considerable structure Task, Including a high percentage of established heritage in Central American countries Violent crimeEspecially for women and children.

The woman is killed every time 23 hours on average.

The “Northern Triangle” of Central American countries, including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, has a high percentage of violent crimes per capita in groups.

In Honduras Insecticide rate According to the US Institute of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, there are 6.2 people per 100,000 people.

“Violence is just the way to live here,” Ramona Basquez, 32, from Tegucigalpa, told The Epoch Times.

Basquez now lives with his mother after calling him a “nightmare” in 2016 to escape the father of two increasingly violent children living together.

At that time, Basquez lived with his children and “Miguel” in the city of Tokoa. After a series of increasingly violent physical attacks, she accused him three times of police.

“they [the police] Even if you’re bleeding, treat it as annoying when you come in, “says Basquez.

She explained during an episode, he got drunk and went home, and after a short verbal quarrel, tried to push her face against the lit stove burner in the kitchen.

Six months have passed before police finally gave Basquez a detention order against Miguel, but she decided to keep her and her children away from Tokoa.

“I needed a family and I needed to be relieved,” she said.

The criminal justice system in Honduras is Violent criminal To justice.

According to the United Nations Human Rights Watch, political pressure, harassment and intimidation from both government and organized crime officials have contributed to the low rate of convictions by judges in the country.

“One of the most needed judges is inaccessible to corruption,” Latin American political analyst Fernando Menendez told The Epoch Times.

Menendez believes that much of the violence against women in Honduras is due to the country’s long-standing role in drug trafficking.

He says there is little incentive to avoid resolving emotional disputes in a malicious way if there are no results and police and judges could be acquired.

Especially if you are socially conditioned by prolific drug trafficking and gangster spirit.

Located on the Narco Trail between the northern and southern halves of the Americas, Honduras looks around. 4 percent Of all the cocaine that comes out of South America, it passes through its territory.

According to one report, this represents an estimated profit of $ 11.5 billion.

Menéndez, it’s Migration Towards the United States.

“It’s like living in the Archetypal Old West. There is no law.”

Reports of domestic violence increased in 2021. Pandemic restrictions, This complicated the existing poverty problem in the country.

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America..

November 20, Castro Said, “The sacrifice of our martyr was not in vain. We begin an era of solidarity prosperity through dialogue with all sectors, without discrimination or sectarianism.”

Nevertheless, Basquez is not convinced that only Castro can make a difference.

“To resolve violence, we need more than a new president,” she said.

Menendez repeated similar feelings. [Castro] Will you reach the root of violence against women in Honduras? I doubt it. “

Autumn Spredemann