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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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February 11, 2016
assassination of Paolo Barraza, a transwoman and board member of the LGTB Rainbow Association (Asociación LGTB Arcoíris) in Comayaguela.
February 6, 2016
The InterReligious Task Force, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, presents the 16th annual Social Justice Teach-In as a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts 500+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In will provide participants with information, skills, and resources to support their own social justice programming at their schools and congregations.
January 23, 2016
killing of Garífuna residents Joel Palacios Lino, age 24, and Elvis Armando Garcia, age 19, by Honduran Navy on Atlantic coast in Colón Dept.
January 21, 2016
assassination of Javier Vásquez Benítez, son of an indigenous leader whose community is organizing resistance to the Los Encinos Dam in La Paz Department.
December 14, 2015
attempted assassinations of land rights defenders on the Atlantic coast: Vidal Leiva (President of the Committee for the Defense of Land of the [Afro-descendant] Garífuna communities Crystals and Black River), Irma Lemus and Rigoberto Duran (Permanent Observatory of Human Rights of Aguán (OPDHA).
December 10, 2015
Our German volunteer Sophie Fruechtenicht wrote this article for the blog of her volunteer program Action Reconciliation Service for Peace.
November 21, 2015
attempted assassination of journalist Dina Meza after months of threats and people surveilling outside her home
October 15, 2015
assassination of two LGBT rights advocates and members of Association for a Better Life (APUVIMEH) (Gloria Carolina Hernández Vásquez and Jorge Alberto Castillo) and patterns of intimidation by police against other APUVIMEH members (Sandra Zambrano, Cristian Daniel Cortes Sagastume, Silvio Gerardo Artola, Carlos Alberto Cardona Varela)
October 11, 2015
silencing of journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado who is unjustly banned from working by order of the Honduran Supreme Court