IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Author)
The following information was obtained by
the Research Directorate during a 22 July 1998 telephone interview
with a cartographer at Honduras' National Geographic Institute in
The cartographer stated that El Guantillo
is a village located in the municipality of El Porvenir in the
Department of Francisco Morazán, in the center of Honduras.
The village has approximately 1,688 inhabitants and around 352
houses. The nearest major city is Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital,
located about 100 km south. According to the cartographer, there is
no police station in El Guantillo. The nearest one is located in El
Porvenir. There is no particular industry in El Guantillo. It is a
village of peasants who work mainly as coffee pickers and in
agriculture on lands owned by big landowners (terratenientes).
The cartographer did not have any
information on which of the two national political parties is more
powerful in El Guantillo. He stated that he was unaware of
land-reform conflicts in or around El Guantillo but added that it
is a place where such events could have taken place in the past or
could happen today.
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.
Instituto Geografico Nacional,
Tegucigalpa. 22 July 1998. Telephone interview with a