The EU should make stronger commitments to secure democracy and security in Honduras

Four years after the coup d´état in Honduras political violence and repression escalate as elections approaches. A new report recommends that the EU suspends its failed security programme in the country.

The report analyses the impact of the EU´s Programme for Support of the Security Sector in Honduras (PASS), which has been criticized by civil society organisations. With a budget of 45 million euros, PASS is the largest public security project that the EU has outsite of Europe. The report urges that EU suspends PASS and pushes for actions against violations of human rights. Furthermore the report suggest that the EU, as main donor of developmental aid to the country, changes its failed strategy for poverty reduction.

The report is written by the independent Honduran researcher Gustavo Irias, and published in cooperation with Enhedslisten - The Red-Green Alliance. 

Deteriorating security situation and political violence

Since the coup d´état of 2009 the critical security situation in the country has deteriorated. More than 200 grassroot leaders and 25 journalist have been assassinated, and in the last months more than 15 members of the opposition party LIBRE have been brutally murdered. The current Honduran government has allowed the ongoing militarization of the Honduran police and has not shown commitment to introduce new politics against drugs and organized crime. 

With more than 600 murders per month Honduras is - according to the UN - the most dangerous country in the world. Civil Society and oppositions parties fear the situation will worsen by the day as the elections of November 24th 2013 approaches and call on the EU and international community for support. 

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