Women in the resistance receive the most threats

Posted on March 7, 2010

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COFEMUN members

COFEMUN members

Blanca Dole, Celeste Mejía and Gabriela Flores, of the COFEMUN directive, denounced that they are followed constantly since last December by vehicles with polarized windows and no nameplates, and receive threatening phone calls asking for abortion pills and where abortion clinics are.

The Feminist Collective of University Women (COFEMUN) is a women’s organization that has maintained a radical stand in the country after the coup of June 28, 2009, and advocates in defense of the rights of the LGBT community.

“After they assassinated Walter Tróchez and Renán Fajardo, I’ve felt an increased persecution of people in unidentifiable vehicles with no nameplates and polarized windows, as well as strange women asking for my personal data saying they want to update credit card information. But when I don’t give this information out they become angry,” said Blanca Dole.

Last May, Dole was taken to trial for “violating the privacy” of Martha Lorena Alvarado, a congresswoman and foreign minister under Roberto Micheletti, when COFEMUN accused Alvarado of being against women’s rights and promoting an inquisition against them.

Reina Suyapa Centeno Aguilar also denounce that she’s been receiving death threats via text messages on her cellphone saying “It’s your turn to die.” She also believes her phone lines are tapped and strangers are listening to her conversations.

Several dozen people have made similar complaints to COFADEH saying they feel under imminent danger, such as Rafael Gerardo Cáceres, vice director of the National Fine Arts Academy, who has felt harassed with threatening text messages. His case was highlighted by Amnesty International and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which requested the Honduran state to take measures to protect his life.

Centeno Aguilar is an active member with the Bloque Popular and with other organizations that are working on activities during the anniversary of Honduras foundation, making her a target of hostile groups which have become more active since the coup of June 28, 2009, against Manuel Zelaya.

“T TOCA TU MUERT (It’s your turn to die),” was the message she received this past February 24, and proceeded to dial back the number it came from, but no one answered.

“My phone lines have been tapped because I can hear a hollow sound when I make phone calls,” she said and added that if anything happens to her, Porfirio Lobo Sosa’s government should be held responsible.

Last week, Claudia Brizuela, daughter of a prominent resistance leader, Pedro Brizuela, was killed in her own home. He believes it was done as revenge for his activism with the National Front of Popular Resistance.

SOURCE: Defensores en línea.

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