Penitentiary system, security and justice: enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity building to protect human rights in Honduras

Year

2023

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

54

Session Type

Regular

Agenda Item

10

Country Concerned

Honduras

Condemnatory

No

Analysis

  • This resolution focuses on the need for prison reform to end gang violence. The resolution mostly praises the government, while acknowledging the need to reform. The criticism is directed at the gangs.
  • In addition, the resolution was sponsored by Honduras.
  • Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 10, which concerns mere "technical assistance," signaling an uncritical approach.

Main Sponsors

Honduras

Vote

Consensus

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Deeply concerned by the high level of violence and extortion perpetrated by organized crime groups throughout the areas in which they operate, and the control exerted by the gangs present in Honduras within the country’s penitentiaries."
  • "Deeply concerned also by the murder of at least 46 women prisoners at the National Women’s Prison for Social Adaptation in Tamara on 20 June 2023, in the wake of an outbreak of violence between rival gangs."
  • "Acknowledging also the need for integral reform of the penitentiary system that addresses the root causes of violence and contributes to the dismantling of gangs and other organized crime groups…"

Full Vote

  • Yes0

  • No0

  • Abstain0

  • Absent0