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Honduras: News & Updates
Honduras did not experience civil war in the 1980s, but its geography (bordering El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua) made it a key location for US military operations: training Salvadoran soldiers, a base for Nicaraguan contras, military exercises for US troops. The notorious Honduran death squad Battalion 316 was created, funded and trained by the US. The state-sponsored terror resulted in the forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of approximately 200 people during the 1980s. Many more were abducted and tortured. The 2009 military coup d’etat spawned a resurgence of state repression against the civilian population that continues today.
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October 25, 2016
Assassinations of land rights defenders in the Aguán Valley: José Ángel Flores (President of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán (MUCA) and MUCA member Silmer Dionosio George in Tocoa, Colón Department.
October 23, 2016
Assassination attempts against two indigenous leaders: Tomás Gómez Membreño, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), and local COPINH leader Alexander García Sorto.
Letter to Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for refugees from EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, AND GUATEMALA
September 8, 2016
RENEWED REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, AND GUATEMALA IN LIGHT OF CONTINUED INJUNCTION IN UNITED STATES V. TEXAS
Dear President Obama:
August 14, 2016
Death threats to human rights defender Jorge Jiménez, who works for the nongovernmental organization CODEH (Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras).
August 5, 2016
Live Music. Poetry. Refreshments. Updates from IRTF staff about Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. With special guests from Colombia (Caldwell Manners, CPT) and El Salvador (Leslie Schuld, CIS).
July 16, 2016
Break-in at the offices of the human rights organization Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ) in the Barandillas neighborhood of San Pedro Sula in Cortés Department.
July 14, 2016
Murder of Lesbia Yaneth Urquia Urquia, a defender of indigenous and environmental rights. On July 6 she was found dead from head trauma near the municipal dump of Marcala in the department of La Paz.
June 23, 2016
murder of René Martínez, LGBTI rights defender and President of Comunidad Gay Sampredrana for Integral Health, an LGBTI advocacy group based in San Pedro Sula.
June 2, 2016
attacks, harassments, and threats against members of COPINH, including COPINH leader Alexander García Sorto, COPINH General Coordinator Tomás Gómez Membreño, and international observer accompanying COPINH Giulia Fellin.