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Worrying trend of violence against children emerging in Honduras, warns UNICEF

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, 15 May 2014 – UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing generalized violence against children in Honduras. In a series of incidents, including domestic and gang-related violence, some 24 children are reported to have been murdered across the country in the past month.

“The frequency of the incidents, where children have been reportedly murdered and in some cases tortured, is of great concern,” said Héctor Espinal, UNICEF's Communication Specialist in Honduras. “This kind of cruelty, which specifically targets children, cannot become the social norm.”

UNICEF calls on the State and Honduran civil society to step up its efforts and make sure that the safety of children is at the forefront of policy decisions and implementation. In addition, UNICEF is adamant that the National Protection System, which was approved by the Republic National Congress at the end of 2013, is rolled out fully with immediate effect.

“Children have a right to protection, whether at home, school or in their community. We are committed to working with the Honduran State and municipal governments to make sure that children in all circumstances can feel safe and protected.”

In addition to the State’s role, the judicial system must be strengthened so that violations against children are brought to justice.

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For more information, please contact:
Héctor Espinal, UNICEF in Honduras, Tel: +504 2220 1100 ext 1409 hespinal@unicef.org 
Daniel Atienzar, UNICEF in Honduras, Tel: +504 2220 1100 ext 1439 jdatienzar@unicef.org 


 

 

 

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