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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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November 11, 2018
Violent eviction in the community of El Guapinol, Tocoa municipality, in Colón Department. On October 23 we wrote to you about our concern at the eviction order for the environmental defense organization Encampment for Life and the issuing of arrest warrants for 18 of its members (cf our letter of Oct 23).
October 29, 2018
Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas as more than 1,000 migrants and refugees attempted to cross border into Mexico.
October 29, 2018
The caravan continues on its way and already there has been a death as a result of police repression. Dennis Mejía, 26 years old, died after being hit in the skull by a rubber bullet in repression at the border at Tecún Umán, where a new wave of migrants tried to cross the Suchiate river and enter Mexico. The caravan is separated into several groups and now waits in Oaxaca, with 2500 kilometers to go to arrive at the border with the United States. Some 2,700 migrants, the majority of them women and children, entered Mexico seeking refuge in that country and several hundred more have returned to Honduras with the support of the Honduran government, the government speaks of three thousand returnees. More than six thousand continue walking and an additional 200 from El Salvador are joining.
October 26, 2018
Threats against Ians Rivera and Fredy Molina, members of the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ)
October 23, 2018
Eviction order for the environmental defense organization Encampment for Life and the issuing of arrest warrants for 18 of its members in Tocoa, Colón Department. We are also concerned about an attack by security agents of a mining company which left Encampment member Rigoberto Hernández López injured from a bullet wound
October 21, 2018
Berta Cáceres’s family left without lawyers as legal manoeuvres continue bitter legacy of her protest against the Agua Zarca dam
October 18, 2018
On October 12, 2018, hundreds of women, men, children, youth and the elderly decided to leave Honduras as a desperate response to survive. The massive exodus that began in the city of San Pedro Sula, reached more than 3 thousand people by the time the group crossed to Guatemala. The caravan, which is headed north to Mexico first, and to the United States as the goal- is the only alternative these people have to reach a bit of the dignity that has been taken from them. They are not alone in their journey.
October 15, 2018
Caravan left San Pedro Sula on Friday after Mike Pence urged Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to tell citizens to stay home.
September 26, 2018
Safety of freelance journalist Nina Lakhani, a British citizen who is in Honduras reporting on the high-profile trial of eight men charged in the 2016 assassination of indigenous environmental leader Berta Cáceres.