Region’s Ombudsmen Discuss Murders of Women

August 4, 2006

Ombudswoman Lisbeth Quesada is among Central American ombudsmen who met this week in Guatemala City for the third annual meeting of the region’s ombudsmen, during which they planned to analyze increasing numbers of murders of women in the region.

Guatemalan Ombudsman Sergio Morales told journalists, “One of the main subjects we will discuss during this meeting is the violent death of women, a phenomenon that affects all Central American countries.”

“We will define a methodology for an investigation to be carried out in each country in the region to determine the causes of this increase in murders of women,” he continued.

In Nicaragua, it is reported that one woman is killed every day, while in Guatemala an average of 560 women are murdered every year. Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are among the countries registering the greatest number of violent acts against women, Morales added.

The meeting began Monday and ends today. Ombudsmen Paul Rodríguez, from Belize; Beatrice Alamani, from El Salvador; Ramón Custodio, from Honduras; Omar Cabezas, from Nicaragua and Mónica Pérez, from Panama, are participating alongside Quesada.

The ombudsmen also planned to discuss issues related to immigration, the impact of free-trade agreements on the region, patient care in public hospitals and youth gangs, among other issues.

 

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