miércoles, 19 de febrero de 2014

University, authorities see murders decrease in Honduras in 2013

The crime observatory of the Honduran National Autonomous University (UNAH) reported a drop in the country's murder rates in 2013, though the UNAH dean Julieta Castellanos said on 17 February it was not the 20 per cent drop cited by the Government. The UNAH Violence Observatory put the criminal killing rate for 2013 at 79.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to a 85.5 rate the Observatory cited for 2012, the newspaper La Prensa reported. The Observatory counted in its 32nd National Bulletin 6,757 criminal killings nationwide in 2013, or 563 homicides a month or 19 a day. It found that 83.3 per cent had been shooting deaths and 78.8 per cent of victims in the 15-44 age group. It presented a colour-coded map of Honduras indicating killing rates in different municipal districts. The Observatory named the three departments with the highest murder rates as Cortés, with a rate of 133.3/100,000 inhabitants, Atlántida with 115.1 and Yoro with 105.3. Likewise the municipal districts with the highest rates were the capital of Cortés, San Pedro Sula, with a rate of 193.4/100,000, Santa Bárbara in the Santa Bárbara department with 174.9, Yoro in Yoro with 140.9 and La Ceiba in Atlántida, 140.7. The capital Tegucicalpa (Central District, Francisco Morazán department) had a rate of 86. The Security Minister Arturo Corrales said separately on 17 February that he was not "fixated" on differences between the Government's crime figures and those of the UNAH, saying observers agreed that fewer murders were happening. He said the daily homicide rate had fallen to 14 in the first 47 days of 2014, from 17 presumably in the same days in 2013, Tiempo reported. On 11 February La Prensa cited Mr Corrales as saying that the new conservative Government would reduce the murder rate to 30/100,000, and also form its own crime observatory to compile figures.