Honduras ― Human Rights Council ― Violence Against Women ― Sept. 2014
The Advocates for Human Rights in collaboration with the International Action Network on Small Arms and Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres–Honduras submitted a joint stakeholder report on violence against women in Honduras to the U.N. Human Rights Council for Honduras’ second Universal Periodic Review.
Violence against women is widespread and systematic in Honduras, affecting women and girls in numerous ways. Within the country, there are high levels of gun violence, domestic violence, femicide, and sexual violence. The Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women noted that “between 2005 and 2013, the number of violent deaths of women rose by 263.4 percent.”
During its last UPR, Honduras accepted all the Human Rights Council’s recommendations relating to violence against women. The Honduran government has taken some positive steps to curb violence against women by enacting a number of laws that address gender-based violence. It has also ratified a number of treaties relevant to its obligations to prevent acts of violence against women and hold perpetrators accountable. Nonetheless, much needs to be done for Honduras to fulfill its international obligations regarding violence against women.
Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries, with towering murder rates fueled by guns:
This joint stakeholder submission highlights key challenges and provides recommendations for the Honduran government, including the need to:
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