Honduras: Zero tolerance…for impunity: Extrajudicial executions of children and youths since 1998.

Index Number: AMR 37/001/2003

Over the last five years, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of murders and extrajudicial executions of children and youths in Honduras. The involvement of members of the security forces and others acting with the implicit consent of the authorities has been reported in an alarming number of cases, whilst some of these crimes have taken place within the context of gang or mara warfare. Amnesty International believes that the authorities must draw up a plan and timetable of action to investigate past cases; and decide on strategies and measures for action in future cases with the aim of bringing these murders and extrajudicial executions to an end and, when they do occur, of having a rapid and effective system for investigating them and bringing those responsible to justice.

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