We are receiving alarming reports from partners in Honduras. Emboldened by the United States endorsement of the November 29th “elections,” the state terror apparatus in Honduras has ramped up its grisly repression.
There has been a spike in targeted murders and abductions following the November 29th “electoral event” which was massively boycotted by the people of Honduras. This escalation of human rights abuses is especially alarming because the judicial system is on holiday until January 2nd. People are terrified and are leaving the country.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has “recognized the improved security situation in Honduras” and lifted the U.S. travel alert for the country.
Please call Secretary Hillary Clinton 202-647-5291 and register your alarm at the escalation of human rights violations in Honduras. You can cite the following cases:
-Dec. 6th Death Squad style killing of five members of the resistance movement in the Villanueva neighborhood of Tegucigalpa.
-Dec. 11th Decapitated body of resistance member Santos Corrales Garcia was found dumped on the road just outside of Tegucigalpa after being abducted by men wearing National Criminal Investigation Directorate uniforms and armed with machine guns. His body showed signs of torture.
-Dec. 12th Human rights defender Walter Trochez, member of the BGTL community and active member of the National Resistance Front was murdered after having survived a previous assassination attempt.
-Dec. 14th Death of teacher/activist Karen Hernandez Mondragon after fatal shooting.
-Dec. 16th Murder of 16 year old Catherine Nicolle Rodriquez Cabrera, daughter of journalist Karol Cabrera..
-Dec. 17th Abduction of two members of the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguan, MUCA in Sinaloa, Colón on Wednesday morning by four hooded men. Eleven arrest warrants have been issued for other members. 1000 peasant families occupying land in the region have been threatened with forcible removal by security forces.
Thank you for accompanying the people of Honduras during this holiday time that is becoming a human rights nightmare in Honduras. Call the State Department today and next week.
We are translating reports of human rights violations and posting to www.quixote.org as we receive them –please check for regular updates.