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US and UN congratulate Honduras on new law to protect migrants

Tegucigalpa, 22 December. The United Nations Organization and the Embassy of the United States of America in Honduras congratulated the Central American country on Thursday for the approval of a law establishing a legal framework to protect thousands of internally displaced persons due to violence.

The new law, approved Wednesday by the Honduran National Congress, represents “a major step forward for the rights of the 245,000 displaced people in Honduras,” Alice Shackford, the UN Resident Coordinator in Honduras, said in a message on Twitter. ,

“Thank you @Congreso_HND: today I celebrate with you and with civil society” the approval of the regulations sent in 2019 by the Inter-Institutional Commission for the Protection of Persons Displaced by Violence in Honduras.

“We congratulate @Congreso_HND for approving legislation for the prevention, care and protection of internally displaced persons,” the US embassy said in a message on Twitter.

He said that Honduras had made “great progress for human rights” with the support of Honduran President Xiomara Castro and the cooperation of political parties. When the Parliament approved the new rules.

Andres Celis, the representative of the United Nations Refugee Agency (Acunor) in Honduras, also celebrated the ratification by the National Congress of the Law.

“Today we celebrate hope. The Honduran Congress has heard the voices of more than 247,000 displaced people and approved a law that will strengthen a security framework for those who have been forced to flee their homes. Congratulations!” Celis hinted on Twitter.

The law establishes prevention mechanisms to fight against forced recruitment by criminal gangs or child exploitation, in a country where violence has resulted in some 247,000 displaced persons, more than half of whom are women and about 40% are minors.

The law also included measures to re-integrate displaced persons into the educational system, as many young people in the group had interrupted their studies while fleeing gang violence, and clauses to improve humanitarian assistance, for which these Three quarters of the people are needed.

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