Honduran Armed Forces order mayors to provide lists of community leaders opposed to the coup regime

On October 22, 2009, the Armed Forces of Honduras, First Battalion of Communications issued a letter to all of the Mayors in the country requiring their offices to compile a list of names and telephone numbers of members of the municipality who are “part of the resistance.” The letters ask for the list to be compiled as soon as possible because the Army will be following up on the request with a visit to each municipality “very soon in order to strengthen our democratic system.”

Human Rights organizations in Honduras have denounced the order as a violation of human rights. Mayors who do not comply with the order also risk consequences. This systematic profiling of the population is a blatant violation of human rights and dangerous signal of the levels of repression to come.

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