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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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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.
May 25, 2016
two assassination attempts on Felix Molina, a journalist in Tegucigalpa who hosts the community radio program Resistencia known for his critical reporting since the coup d’etat of 2009.
May 24, 2016
Honduran government neglected to notify the family of Berta Cáceres of the arrest of four men allegedly associated with her murder and therefore neglected the proper protocol of homicide investigations.
May 23, 2016
threats and intimidation towards Ana Mirian Romero and her children, a member of the Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz (MILPAH) and the San Isidro Labrador Indigenous Council who defends indigenous land rights.
April 26, 2016
Ill treatment and arbitrary arrests of José Miltiades Sánchez, director of the organization LGBTI Association Youth Movement (AJEM), as well as Cidar Armando Arias Mendoza and Evin Omar Ponce Garcia, both members of the association.
April 24, 2016
Continuing harassment and attacks on members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). On April 13, COPINH members, 1300 members of Honduran social movements and international delegations from 22 different countries gathered for the international meeting “Berta Cáceres Vive” celebrating the life of Berta Cáceres and demanding justice for her assassination on March 2.
April 23, 2016
Assassination attempts against LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights advocates Juan José Zambrano and Jlo Córdoba. Juan José Zambrano is a member of the Association for a Better Life for People Infected with and Affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras (APUVIMEH) which works with the LGBTI community and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
April 22, 2016
The Honduran government has placed a risk on the life of human rights defender Martha Ligia Arnold in the Bajo Aguán Valley but accusing her of having ties to organized crime. Martha Ligia Arnold, President of the Permanent Human Rights Observatory for the Bajo Aguan (OBDHBA),