Honduras: Update to HND32564.E of 15 October 1999 on whether the authorities have established the regulations and agencies called for under the terms of the 1997 Law for the Prevention and Eradication of Domestic Violence Against Women (October 1999-December 2000)
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||21 December 2000|
|Citation / Document Symbol||HND36020.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Honduras: Update to HND32564.E of 15 October 1999 on whether the authorities have established the regulations and agencies called for under the terms of the 1997 Law for the Prevention and Eradication of Domestic Violence Against Women (October 1999-December 2000) , 21 December 2000, HND36020.E , available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be3a20.html [accessed 31 January 2015]|
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In a 20 November 2000 report on violence against women in Honduras, the non-governmental organization Christian Commission for Development claimed that mechanisms in place to enforce the 1997 Law for the Prevention and Eradication of Domestic Violence Against Women (Ley para la Prevención y Erradicación de la Violencia Doméstica contra la Mujer) are "still very slow and corrupt" (aún muy lentos y corruptos).
According to a psychologist with the Women's Studies Centre – Honduras (Centro de Estudios de la Mujer – Honduras, CEM-H), a non-governmental organization based in Tegucigalpa, although the 1997 law has proved somewhat useful in combating domestic violence, significant problems remain (19 Dec. 2000). As way of example, the psychologist claimed that victims continue to lack credibility in the eyes of police and judicial authorities (ibid.). The psychologist added that the state has not fully implemented measures called for under the terms of the law to combat domestic violence, failing for example to establish special courts to deal with these cases (ibid.).
This information was corroborated in a 20 December 2000 interview with the administrative secretary of the Association for Population Development (Acciones para el Desarrollo Poblacional, ADP), a Tegucigalpa-based non-governmental organization which provides services to women victims of violence, who claimed that the authorities have failed to take significant action to ensure the law's effectiveness, and have not created the special courts called for under the terms of the law.
In a 20 December 2000 interview, the coordinator of the Defence of Women's Rights Program (Programa de Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer) of the "Visitación Padilla" Women's Peace Movement (Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz "Visitación Padilla"), a non-governmental organization based in Tegucigalpa, stated that the greatest problem in the application of the 1997 domestic violence law is the lack of resources. According to the coordinator, there is an insufficient number of judges to hear domestic violence cases, and women are often faced with a long wait when making a complaint (ibid.).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Acciones para el Desarrollo Poblacional (ADP), Tegucigalpa. 20 December 2000. Telephone interview with administrative secretary.
Centro de Estudios de la Mujer – Honduras (CEM-H), Tegucigalpa. 19 December 2000. Telephone interview with psychologist.
Christian Commission for Development. 20 November 2000. "Violencia contra mujeres."
Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz "Visitación Padilla", Programa de Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer, Tegucigalpa. 20 December 2000. Telephone interview with coordinator.
Additional Sources Consulted
Central America Report [Guatemala City]. Oct 1999-Nov. 2000.
Central America NewsPak [Austin, Tex.]. Oct. 1999-Nov. 1999.
Latin America Regional Reports: Caribbean and Central America Report [London]. Oct 1999-Nov. 2000.
Unsuccessful attempts to contact two oral sources.
Internet sites including:
International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)
Mujeres en Red.
Servicio de Noticias de la Mujer (SEM)