Honduras: Human Rights Journalist Threatened, Dina Meza

Posted on April 24, 2012

Dina MezaDina Meza, a Honduran journalist and human rights activist, has received a series of threats of sexual violence against her in recent weeks. Her safety is at risk.

Dina Meza reports on human rights issues for the website Defenders Online (Defensores en Linea). She is also a human rights activist with the Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared (Comité de Familiares de los Detenidos y Desaparecidos, COFADEH), a prominent human rights organization in Honduras.

On 14 April, Dina Meza received three silent calls to her mobile phone in the morning and afternoon from the same number. As she answered a fourth call, a male caller asked her “What’s new?” (“¿Qué hay de nuevo?”) and hung up. Dina Meza phoned back, asked the man who he was and what he wanted. The caller said his name was Miguel and claimed that he had dialled the wrong number, but ended the call by telling Dina “Look after your pussy (“Cuidese la pipa)”).

A week earlier, on 6 April, Dina Meza was walking in her neighbourhood with her children when she noticed two men taking photos of them.

Weeks earlier, on 22 February, Dina Meza received two threats by text message with reference to sexual violence. The first text message said “We’ll burn your pussy with lime until you scream and the whole squad will enjoy it […] CAM (“Les vamos a quemar con cal la pipa hasta q griten y luego toda la quadrilla va gozar” CAM ). The second text message said “[…]You’ll end up dead like people in the Aguán there’s nothing better than fucking some bitches […] van a terminar como los del aguan muertos no hay nada mas rico q cojer a unas zorras”. CAM is an acronym for Comando Álvarez Martinez, a pseudonmym which has been used in threats to human rights activists and journalists in the aftermath of the 2009 coup d’etat.

Dina Meza is a beneficiary of Precaution Measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in 2006 and 2009 to safeguard her security. To date, the authorities have not implemented the orders.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
Calling for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats against Dina Meza, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice;
Urging that the authorities take immediate steps to fully comply with the IACHR orders. The form of protection provided to Dina Meza must be agreed with her and reflect her own wishes;
Reminding the authorities that human rights defenders have a right to carry out their activities without any unfair restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

Attorney General
Sr. Luis Alberto Rubí
Fiscal General de la República
Lomas del Guijarro, Avenida República Dominicana, Edificio Lomas Plaza II
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax: +504 2221 5667
Salutation: Sr. Fiscal General/ Dear Attorney General
Minister of Interior
Sr. Pompeyo Bonilla
Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de Seguridad, Plantel Casamata, subida al Picacho, Tegucigalpa, M.D.C,
Fax: +504 2220 1756
Salutation: Dear Minister / Estimado Sr.Ministro

And copies to:
Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH)
Barrio La Plazuela, Avenida Cervantes
Casa No. 1301
Fax: +504 2220 5280
(Ask “me da tono de fax, por favor”)

SOURCE: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR37/006/2012/en/281cef2b-37a6-4046-b49a-364d1c97dc2c/amr370062012en.html

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