Information on the new law on voluntary military service and on whether or not the bill has passed second reading in Congress [HND25568.FE]

The attached facsimile on military service in Honduras was sent to the DIRB on 12 November 1996 by the National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (NISBCO) in Washington, a non-governmental organization that is currently working on the publication of a detailed report on military service in Latin America.

In a telephone interview with the DIRB on 12 November 1996, a member of the executive office of NISBCO stated that the Congress has still not adopted the new law on voluntary military service, as proposed in the constitutional reform of 1994. The source mentioned that the most recent information available to him on the subject indicates that given the low number of conscripts resulting from the lottery system, Honduran politicians are currently contemplating a bill proposing a return to compulsory conscription.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. .

Reference


National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (NISBCO), Washington. 12 November 1996. Telephone interview with a representative. .

Attachment


National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (NISBCO), Washington. October 1996. "Democracy or Deception? The Future of Military Service in Honduras." Washington: NISBCO.