Honduras. In January, newly elected Liberal President Carlos Roberto Flores installed his government after the end of 1997 elections.
During the year, Congress approved a constitutional amendment that shifts power over the army from the commander-in-chief to the Department of Defense, which triggered both protests from parts of the army and the coup dot. At the same time, it was announced that the amnesty issued in 1990 for guerrilla members would also include militants who committed human rights violations during the 1980s.
According to Countryaah, the capital of Honduras is Tegucigalpa. The Honduran government confirmed suspicions that workers on American banana plantations have become sterile after contact with the plant poison Nemagón. The victims started legal proceedings to demand, among other things, American Standard Fruit for damages. Shortly thereafter, union leader Medardo Reyes and his son were murdered. They both worked for the banana workers’ right. The number of politically motivated crimes and assaults increased during the year.
This year’s extensive forest fires destroyed more than 1,500 km2 of the country’s forests. It led, among other things. to the capital of Tegucigalpa’s international airport had to be closed for several weeks due to smoke and fog.
In October, H. was hit by the most severe natural disaster of the century when Hurricane Mitch advanced and devastated nearly half the country. 9,000 people were killed and more than half a million lost their homes. Large parts of the capital were destroyed by floods and landslides. Most of H’s banana plantations were also destroyed.