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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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January 22, 2017
National Police arbitrarily detained and harassed four human rights defenders in La Ceiba, Atlántida Dept: Miriam Miranda, coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), and three members of the Platform of Social and Popular Movements of Honduras (PMSPH): Luis Gutierrez, Oscar Gaboa and Luis Miranda.
January 14, 2017
Please join IRTF on Saturday, January 14 for a spaghetti dinner to support volunteer associate Yeamelake Aklilu as she travels to Honduras and Nicaragua to study Social Movements. The fundraiser is a free will offering.
December 24, 2016
Digital attacks (misinformation and distortions meant to discredit and misrepresent) against the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH).
December 23, 2016
Death threats against members of the Indigenous Councils Santiago Apóstol and San Isidro Labrador in La Paz Department who are opposing the construction of the Los Encinos hydro-electric dam on the Chinacla River: Ana Mirian Romero, Roberto Gómez, María Felicita Lopez and Rodolfo Vasquez.
November 26, 2016
Recent digital attacks against two human rights defense organizations: Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN) and the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH).
November 23, 2016
Assassination attempt against student activist Dayanara Castillo.
November 22, 2016
Murder of Fernando Aleman Banegas, the son of Libre party mayoral candidate Elsy Banegas, whose candidacy threatens the economic interests of mining companies and large landholders in Atlántida Department.
November 21, 2016
Assassination attempt on Jlo Cordoba, human rights defender and LGBTI advocate.
November 19, 2016
No arrests with sparse crowd at SOA Watch protest
October 25, 2016
Assassinations of land rights defenders in the Aguán Valley: José Ángel Flores (President of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán (MUCA) and MUCA member Silmer Dionosio George in Tocoa, Colón Department.