Female deaths in Honduras a 'violent epidemic'

2015-06-25 12:21

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Tegucigalpa - The number of women killed in violent incidents has surged in Honduras, already the world's deadliest country, and has hit epidemic levels, a rights group said on Wednesday.

Incidents of violent female deaths skyrocketed 263% between 2005 and 2013 in the South American nation, a study from the Women's Rights Centre showed.

Twelve women out of every 100 000 inhabitants die in violent episodes, according to the report.

"Epidemic" levels are defined as at least 8.8 deaths per 100 000 residents, according to the World Health Organisation.

"So these crimes have become an epidemic," Claudia Herrmannsdorfer, spokesperson for the organisation, told AFP.

The group said that in 2013, one woman was killed every 14 hours - 636 in total throughout the year.

Female deaths dropped slightly to 526 the following year.

The need for access to justice is overwhelming, as 94% of the crimes go unpunished, Herrmannsdorfer said, noting that most of the killed women were likely involved in organised crime.

"But these crimes still must be investigated. All lives are sacred," she added.

Honduras has the world's highest murder rate - 68 for every 100 000 residents, according to the National University Violence Monitoring Group.

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