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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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June 1, 2015
surveillance and intimidation of Gladys Lanza Ochoa, Coordinator of the Honduran Women’s Committee for Peace (Visitación Padilla)
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.
April 11, 2015
death threats to Esdra Yaveth Sosa Sierra, Director of Asociación Arcoíris, an LGBT rights organization in Tegucigalpa
RRN Case Update
April 1, 2015
Indigenous Rights Campaigner Wins International Environmental Award
RRN letter [excerpted] – to President and Attorney General of Honduras
September 24, 2013
March 14, 2015
death threat to journalist César Omar Silva Rosales by a military officer
February 13, 2015
unjust conviction and pending sentencing of Gladys Lanza Ochoa, the coordinator of the Honduran Women’s Committee for Peace “Visitacion Padilla”
February 12, 2015
armed attack on Jesús Flores Satuye (shot in the head and arm), a member of the Afro-descendant Garífuna community of Nueva Armenia in Atlántida Department, and concurrent attack on the offices of La Via Campesina in Tegucigalpa.
January 21, 2015
murder of environmental and indigenous rights defender Juan Francisco Martinez, a member of the Independent Indigenous Lenca Movement of La Paz (MILPAH).
December 26, 2014