IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Autor)
The information that follows was provided
during a 15 December 1997 telephone interview with an officer at
the embassy of Honduras in Ottawa.
To obtain a passport, a Honduran national
must submit to the authorities an original copy (issued by the
authorities) of his or her birth certificate; if the Honduran is
abroad, an original copy can be obtained by a third party and sent
to the applicant. In addition to the birth certificate, the person
must submit his or her identity card (cédula de
identidad) which is issued to every citizen and passport-sized
photographs, fill out an application form, and pay a US$25 fee. If
the passport is being requested to replace another, the applicant
must also submit the older, expired passport or a police report
attesting to its loss or theft. If the application is made abroad,
the Honduran embassy or consulate officials submit the application
to the Chancellery in Honduras, where the case is reviewed and
approved or rejected. The process, from application to issuing of a
passport abroad, can take approximately one month. The applications
are reviewed individually, and the decision to issue a passport
rests with the Chancellery.
Information on denial of passports to
political opponents could not be found among the sources consulted.
However, please find attached copies of sections from the
Constitution of Honduras dealing with nationality and citizenship,
which include articles describing the cases in which citizenship
can be lost or suspended (articles 41 and 42).
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.
Embassy of Honduras, Ottawa. 15 December
1997. Telephone interview with official.
Constitutions of the Countries of
the World. March 1997. "Honduras". Edited by Gisbert H. Flanz.
Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, Inc., pp. 8-13.
Additional Sources Consulted
Central America NewsPak
[Austin, Tex.]. Fortnightly.
Central America Report
[Guatemala City]. Weekly.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service
(FBIS) Reports. Daily.
Human Rights Watch World
Keesing's Record of World
Events [Cambridge]. Monthly.
Latinamerica Press [Lima].
Latin American Regional
Reports: Central America & the Caribbean
News from Americas Watch [New
Material from the Indexed Media
Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports
from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the
Weekly Media Review.
Newspapers and periodicals pertaining to
the appropriate region.
Electronic sources: IRB databases,
Global NewsBank, NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD (UNHCR database), World
This list is not exhaustive.
Country-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not