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Honduras in Flames

February 16, 2012

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by Dana Frank Tuesday night, February 14, at least 357 prisoners died in a fire at La Granja penitentiary in Comayagua, Honduras, in one of the worst prison fires in the past century. The fire, though, is only the latest deadly outcome of the larger politically-driven firestorm that is Honduras today. The Comayagua fire must […]

Comayagua prison fire killed 355 – Honduras officials

February 16, 2012

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Honduras has begun the grim task of identifying the victims of Tuesday’s prison fire, that is now known to have killed 355 people. Lorries took the bodies from the jail in Comayagua to the mortuary in Tegucigalpa, 100km (60 miles) away. Relatives have travelled to the capital to wait to recover the remains of their […]

UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya urges the Honduran Government to effectively protect human rights defenders

February 14, 2012

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TEGUCIGALPA (14 February 2012) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya said* today that human rights defenders in Honduras continue to suffer extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment, death threats, attacks, harassment and stigmatization, and called on the Honduran Government to urgently establish a protection programme. “Honduras faces serious challenges in combating violence and […]

Attacks by Police on Civilians Continue in Honduras

January 9, 2012

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The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (Cofadeh) express our concern for repeated abuse committed by the Honduran police against the population. In the last two weeks at least three people have reported assaults and assassination attempts by police officers. January 7, 2012, around 8:00 p.m., Gonzalo Cruz, 42 years old […]

Honduran State Is Failing to Guarantee the Security of its Citizens

January 9, 2012

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The Committee for Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (Cofadeh) wishes to express its total condemnation and deep concern regarding the police of the State of Honduras and their systematic practice of attacking its citizens. On 26 December Marco Aurelio Lorenzo, the Catholic parish priest for Macuelizo, Santa Bárbara, was travelling in a […]

Honduras turns deadly

December 19, 2011

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More murders take place in the Central American country than anywhere else, but will putting troops on the streets help? Honduras has the highest per capita murder rate in the world, marked by a sharp increase in the number of drug-related deaths. More killings take place in the small Central American country than anywhere in […]

Honduras journalist shot dead

December 8, 2011

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Journalist Luz Marina Paz Villalobos has been killed in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, along with her driver and cousin, Delmer Osmar Canales Gutiérrez. Two men on a motorcycle intercepted their car when they were driving to work at the Honduras News Channel (HCN) and riddled them with dozens of bullets. Paz Villalobos, the director of […]