Human Rights Violations: January, February 2010

Posted on February 21, 2010


What follows is a partial listing of human rights violations during the months of January and February 2010. Honduran Human rights organizations have expressed concerns about a marked increase in selective targeting of people and communities active in the resistance movement and asked for vigilance on the part of the international community.

15 February JULIO FUNES BENITEZ. Assassinated. Member of the SITRASANAA trade union. Shot in the face and chest in the city Comayaguela by four unknown men in a taxi.

12-14 February MUCA campesinos attacked on their lands by members of the military, police and paramilitaries. Many injured. 300 arrest warrants issued towards MUCA members.

12 February HERMES REYES. Tortured and beaten by paramilitaries in Siguatepeque.

12 February PORFILIO PONCE. Men identified as police violently entered his house breaking many belongings and taking his computer, spilling blood on his bed and furniture.

9 February EDGAR MARTÍNEZ , CAROL RIVERA, MELISSA RIVERA and JOHAN MARTÍNEZ were kidnapped and heavily beaten. Melissa was violated. Upon being released on February 12 they were told that the experience was a gesture from Pepe (Lobo).

7 Februrary The Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH) received a death threat by telephone.

8 February The web page of Vos el Soberano, official site of the National Front of Popular Resistance, was hacked.

3 February VANESSA ZEPEDA, a 29 year old nurse, active member of the resistance and union organizer, left her home at 2pm. At approximately 6:30 pm, her lifeless body was dumped out of a vehicle in Loarque, a neighborhood with strong links to the resistance movement. Vanessa had received repeated death threats linked to her activism in the resistance movement which had been registered by human rights organizations. Vanessa was the mother of three children; the youngest is 4 months old.

2 February Two young cameramen, MANUEL DE JESUS MURILLO VARELA and RICARDO RODRIGUEZ were kidnapped by police officers dressed as civilians and taken to a clandestine jail where they were tortured for several hours. The men were hooded and lost consciousness due to asphyxiation. They were threatened with having their toes and then heads cut off if they did not respond to questioning regarding weapons and money.

2 February members of the resistance, ARIEL LOBO and RICARDO DOMINGUEZ, were captured by preventative police and interrogated. Ariel Lobo was the victim of a previous kidnapping attempt in August of 2009.

8 January – Over one thousand military and police forcibly displaced campesino families in Colon. The families are part of the UNIFIED PEASANT MOVEMENT of Aguan which is occupying land under the agrarian reform law.

7 January – Three men fired on professor GILBERTO VIDES, as he parked his car at his home.

6 January – The GARIFUNA community radio station in Triunfo de la Cruz was attacked; equipment and the building were destroyed.

January – BLAS LOPEZ, a teacher and leader of the Pech ethnic group, was murdered in the village of Carbonal. He was an active member of the resistance.

Source: COFADEH and Los Necios