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.
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.
Countryaah.com, 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.