Honduras is facing systemic corruption, impunity, and human rights violations amid fragile democratic institutions. Government officials, including President Juan Orlando Hernández, have been implicated in organized crime. A new criminal code that came into effect in 2020 lowered sentences for corruption and related offenses. Impunity for human rights abuses remains the norm. The country’s murder rate remains among the highest in the world. Marred by corruption and abuse, the judiciary lacks independence and police remain largely ineffective and engaged in criminal activities. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence. Government efforts to investigate and prosecute violence against members of these groups have made little progress.

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