[Hpn] UN to investigate murders of homeless children in Honduras - Casa Alianza press release Alianza press release

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Mon, 18 Dec 2000 09:34:50 -0800 (PST)


FWD - REPLY TO: "Casa Alianza" <owner-rapid-response@casa-alianza.org>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 13th, 2000

HONDURAN GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS VISIT OF UN EXPERT REGARDING CHILD MURDERS

The Honduran government has agreed to allow a visit from the United Nation's
Special Rapporteur on Summary or Arbritrary Extrajudicial Executions to
investigate the hundreds of murders of street children and youth in the
Central American country over the past two and a half years.

Casa Alianza informed the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and the UN
Special Rapporteur of its concern that more than 350 children and youth
have been murdered in Honduras in the past two years and eight months, and
the number continues to grow. According to the agency's statistics, 74% of
the murders have not been adequately investigated to be able to identify the
perpetrators of the crime. In the balance of the cases where the murderer
has been identified, more than half of the criminals are police or State
security forces members.

The UN Special Rapporteur, Ms. Asma Jahangir, is from Pakistan and has been
at the head of that country's women's and human rights movements for four
decades. She has made strong efforts to stop "honor killings" in her
country - where a woman is murdered if she brings shame on her husband's
family, through divorce or infidelity.

"We are pleased that the State of Honduras has decided to allow the visit to
take place - a requisite of the visit of any UN Special Rapporteur to a
country", commented Bruce Harris, the British Regional Director of Casa
Alianza in Latin America. "It is important that there exists transparency
and cooperation in the efforts to establish the identity of the killers of
homeless children".

Harris met with the new Honduran Ambassador to the United Nations, Olmara
Rivera, in October of this year when in Geneva to receive the Conrad Hilton
Humanitarian Award, asking her to issue the letter of invitation to the UN
Special Rapporteur.

No definite date has been set for the visit, which may occur in August 2001.

For more information, please contact Casa Alianza's Regional Office in San
Jose, Costa Rica at +506-253-5439. Visit our award winning homepage at
<http://www.casa-alianza.org>

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