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COMMUNIQUE FROM COFADEH, TEGUCIGALPA - February 7, 2010

Death Threats Against COFADEH Personnel

COMMUNIQUE FROM COFADEH, TEGUCIGALPA - February 7, 2010

Death Threats Against COFADEH Personnel

The Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) are denouncing that today, Sunday, February 7 at 8 am, Caniel Martinez, who was in the offices of our organization received a phone call from the number 222-71-44 in which a woman told him, “Be careful there will be an attack against you, especially those of you who are in the street”.
Martinez states that when he asked the women who was calling she hung up the telephone.

This new threat against COFADEH comes at a time when the repressive organs of the government are hunting down people with links to the resistance. Some recent actions that put us on the alert are the following:

On February 3, the young nurse, Vanesa Zepeda (29) was found dead. She was an active member of the resistance since the coup d’etat and a union activist at the National Honduran Institute of Social Security (IHSS). She had left her home at 2pm, and after that no one had contact with her until her body was thrown from a vehicle in the neighborhood El Loarque between 6:30-7pm on the same day. She had been persecuted by the administration of IMSS with hearings to fire her as a preamble to her death.

On February 2, two young cameramen were temporarily kidnapped. Manuel de Jesus Murillo Varela of the program: Hable como Habla, and Ricardo Rodriguez of the news program: Mi Nacion were kidnapped by a police vehicle with men dressed in civilian clothes who drove them to a clandestine prison where they placed hoods over their heads until they lost consciousness due to asphyxiation. They also continually threatened to cut off their heads, and toes if they wouldn’t tell where there were arms and money.

The same night members of the resistance, Ariel Lobo and Ricardo Dominguez were captured by police (the preventative police branch) who took them to the El Manchen Station. They were also interrogated about arms. In August of 2009 Ariel Lobo was victim of an attempted kidnapping by elements of the army and heavily armed men in civilian clothing who carried out an operation in the center of the city.

In mid January a leader of the Pech ethnic group and active member of the Resistance, Blas Lopez, was assassinated in Carbonal, Olancho
COFADEH asks that the international community, especially the human rights community,, be on alert and express their concerns for the existing situation.
Tegucigalpa, February 7, 2010.
Department of Communication, COFADEH