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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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September 11, 2015
death threats and tampering with vehicle of Elizabeth Zúñiga, journalist working with SITRAUNAH (Union of Workers of the National Autonomous University of Honduras)
August 14, 2015
surveillance, intimidation and harassment of Reina Lilian Rodriguez, Southern Regional Delegate of the National Human Rights Commission (CONADEH) and her team
July 13, 2015
attack on Alfredo López, correspondent for Radio Progreso and the network of Garífuna community radio stations
July 1, 2015
assassination of Héctor Martínez Motiño, President of SITRAUNAH (Union of Workers of the National Autonomous University of Honduras)and a lecturer at the Choluteca campus of the university.
June 26, 2015
death threats to journalist of David Romero Ellner, director of Radio Globo
June 25, 2015
public defamation and legal harassment of Jackeline Jiménez and Sonia Martinez, who are demanding justice in the April disappearance of their brother and husband Donatilo Jiménez Euceda, president of a local chapter of SITRAUNAH (Union of Workers of the National Autonomous University of Honduras)
June 1, 2015
surveillance and intimidation of Gladys Lanza Ochoa, Coordinator of the Honduran Women’s Committee for Peace (Visitación Padilla)
RRN Case Update
June 1, 2015
Garífuna community of Barra Vieja on trial for defending ancestral territory
Over the past few decade, RRN members have sent more than a dozen letters to officials in Honduras. They have have denounced an endless series of politically motivated killings and attacks against the Afro-descendant Garífuna people, carried out by wealthy and powerful sectors trying to take over Garífuna lands on the Atlantic coast for agri-business and the global tourist industry. The government of Honduras has been either complicit in the repression, or complicit through its utter lack of political and legal action to hold the powerful accountable for their political crimes.
April 15, 2015
disappearances and assassinations of four students, ages 13-21, in Comayagüela: Elvin Antonio López, Darwin Josué Martínez, Diana Yareli Montoya, and 13-year-old Soad Nicolle Ham Bustillo, with clear signs of torture.