by Rex Wockner
Honduras is creating an investigative unit and task force to tackle hate crimes against LGBTI people, women, youth and journalists.
The government ministers of human rights and public security will be directly involved in the undertaking, which will utilize 150 researchers.
Officials estimate that Honduras has seen 200 anti-LGBTI killings in the past five years.
In January, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa urged the Honduran government to “vigorously investigate” five murders of LGBT people that took place since Dec. 18, 2010.
The embassy expressed “great concern” about the killings and said “the protection of Honduran law extends to all citizens regardless of sexual orientation.”
The government must “take all necessary steps to protect LGBT persons, who are among the most vulnerable to violence and abuse in Honduras,” the U.S. officials said.