Human Rights Lawyer Threatened

Posted on February 7, 2011

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Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (A Honduran lawyer working for local human rights organization, Association for a More Just Society (Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa – ASJ) has received threats by text message. Her safety is at risk. This is the second time an employee of the organisation has been targeted for its work against impunity.

On 31 January the lawyer, who has asked not to be named, received a text message sent anonymously via the internet. It was addressed to her by name and said “Stop putting your nose where you shouldn’t” (“…dege de estar metiendo sus narices donde no deve”). A subsequent part of the message referred to a previous threat against another member of the ASJ in October who was abducted and threatened with death by unknown men, who asked her repeatedly about her work with the organization.

Amnesty International believes both incidents are closely related to the work that the ASJ has carried out to promote human rights and the fight against impunity in Honduras. The organization already benefits from increased protection, after Amnesty International’s Urgent Action in October. However, there has been no progress in the investigation of previous incidents, and threats against ASJ lawyers continue. Those responsible for the abduction and threats remain unknown and at large. The lawyer, as well as other members of the ASJ, remain at risk.

SOURCE (and urgent action): http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR37/003/2011/en/026d6f83-efa5-406b-afff-c8379edb07a3/amr370032011en.html