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Yearbook 1996

Honduras. In February, the President appointed José Luis Núñez Beneth as new Minister of Defense. The election was the president's own and ran counter to Commander General Mario Hung Pacheco's proposal, suggesting that tensions between civil and military power remain. In July, Pacheco staged a military uprising against himself. The reason for the uprising was that ten officers were arrested on suspicion of human rights violations.

1996 Honduras

In September, the International Labor Organization (ILO) presented a report showing that the farmers in H. are among the poorest of the world's poor. In a report on child labor, however, the US Department of Labor states that this has decreased in H., especially in the textile industry, due to the fact that 35 US textile importers now demand that child labor must not occur.

According to, the environmental organization Coddeffagolf has called for an international boycott of giant shrimp grown in the Bay of Fonseca. The farms are planted in mangrove swamp which is devastated and thus loses its natural fauna, which gives relief to the local fishermen. In September, the government reacted to the protests by introducing a law that could provide a prison sentence for those who oppose the country's financial interests.

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