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Honduras - CEDAW (List of Issues) - Violence Against Women - July 2021

Date: June 7, 2021
Document: Honduras LOI CEDAW
Country: Honduras
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Gender-Based Violence
Mechanism: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
Report Type: List of Issues

The Advocates for Human Rights submitted a suggested list of issues relating to violence against women in Honduras for the 81st Session of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women's Pre-Sessional Working Group.

Since its most recent review by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2016, Honduras has made some improvements, but widespread violence against women continues. Honduras has a high femicide rate and high rate of impunity; out of the 338 cases of murdered women in 2017 alone, 95% did not result in a perpetrator being held accountable. Honduras' consistently high rates of domestic violence and spousal femicide are fueled by socioeconomic strife and a systematic lack of accountability for those responsible.

The authors of the report pose the following questions for the government of Honduras:

·         What policies and procedures are in place to ensure that victims of domestic violence are protected from their abusers, even without the involvement of criminal authorities? To what extent do these procedures allow for removal of the abuser, no contact in any way with the applicant, and for children to stay in the home with the applicant? What other measures does the State Party take to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence apart from criminal measures?

·         Please provide disaggregated data about femicide cases over the reporting period, separating cases by the gender, age, ethnic background, and relationship status of both the victim and the offender.

·         Please provide information on the number of temporary preventive restraining orders issued by the police in the reporting period. Please also provide information about the preventive restraining orders issued by the court, as a percentage of the total respective cases initiated.

·         How many shelter beds or positions are available to victims of domestic violence? In addition to the seven shelters on the main cities, are there shelters accessible to individuals living in rural areas?How does the State Party ensure that victims of domestic violence receive social and legal assistance proportionate to the scope of the need? What policies and procedures are in place to ensure that such assistance is accessible to victims and to minimize barriers to eligibility? What forms of emergency financial assistance exist for victims of domestic violence?

·         What steps, if any, has the State Party taken to prioritize the safety of domestic violence victims during the coronavirus pandemic?