miércoles, 3 de junio de 2015

Honduran officials see steady decline in murders

Honduran officials stated on 1 June that strategies implemented by the conservative government of Juan Orlando Hernández had reduced criminal killings in Honduras, home to some of the continent's most violent gangs, and figures showed the "current" homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants to be 65.55, La Prensa newspaper reported. The figures were given at a press conference or presentation in Tegucicalpa, attended by the Security Minister Julián Pacheco Tinoco. A block chart at the presentation, seen in a picture on La Prensa's website, showed homicide rates per 100,000 Hondurans and total registered homicides every year from 2007 to 2014. The chart showed a rise in the homicide rate from 49.9/100,000 inhabitants in 2007, to 57.9 in 2008, 77.5 in 2010 (6,236 homicides that year), and reaching a peak of 86.5 in 2011 (7,104 homicides) before starting to decline toward a rate of 67.52 in 2014. Mr. Hernández had vowed a tough stance on crime before taking office in early 2014. The paper cited official figures as indicating 2,141 homicides nationwide from 1 January to 31 May 2015, or "402 killings fewer" than for the same days in 2014. Most killings in 2015 were reported as concentrated in the departments of Cortés (with 636 "violent deaths"), Francisco Morazán (449), Atlántida and Yoro, while the most violent districts were cited as the capital (390), San Pedro Sula (383), La Ceiba (87) and Choloma (76).