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Honduras: Creation of a commission to analyse a possible reduction of the age of criminal responsibility

Thursday 11th of May 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

On May 8th, the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, presented a proposal in order to debate over the possibility to reduce the age of criminal responsibility, in particular for serious offences. At the moment, the age of criminal responsibility is set at 18 years old. 


The proposal from the president was justified as a possible solution to an important issue in the country: the high rate of criminal activity in which young offenders are involved, 40% according to the Honduran government.

"We, as a State, either keep providing a different treatment to minors, even though they commit atrocious crimes as an adult would, or we treat them as adults as other countries do", declared the president.

The work group responsible for this debate, consisting of jurists, sociologists and human rights activists, will “gather different sectors of society in order to review the subject", indicated the governor during a press conference.

The IJJO takes a firm stance against the proposition of the Honduran government, considering the proposal as a clear threat to the fundamental rights stated in the Convention of the Rights of the Child, starting with the age range that defines a child. The different treatment given to minors must be driven by the will to find adequate responses in accordance with their development and their capacity to be re-educated and reintegrated into society. Although the accountability of the minor in relation to the type of crime committed must be part of the judicial proceedings, it must always be in the framework of a juvenile justice system.


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