Summary of Human Rights Violations in Honduras Since Coup 6/28/2009
1.Vicky Hernandez Castillo (registered at birth as Sonny Emerson Hernandez). Transvestite and sex worker who was murdered during curfew between the 29th and 30th of June, at a time when only police officers and military squadrons were able to patrol the streets.
2.Gabriel Fino Noriega. Journalist murdered on July 3rd while leaving his workplace in a local Radio Station (Radio Estelar) in the Department of Atlantida. Died from seven gunshot wounds.
3.Alexis Fernando Amador. Dressed in a t-shirt supporting the fourth ballot box (Cuarta Urna), he was found dead with signs of torture on July 3rd in the sector of Agua Blanca in the capital.
4.Isis Obed Murillo Mencas. Shot and killed by the military on July 5th in a demonstration in front of the airport of Tegucigalpa MDC.
5.Roger Ivan Bados. A former union leader of the Unified Confederation of Workers of Honduras (Confederacion Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras, CUTH), member of the Democratic Unification Party (UD) and the Popular Block (Bloque Popular), he was removed by force from his house in San Pedro Sula, on July 11th and later killed by firearm.
6.Ramon Garcia. 40 years, leader of the Democratic Unification Party (UD) who was forced to get off a public bus in Santa Barbara while returning from a demonstration, and was shot and killed.
7.Pedro Magdiel Munoz Salvador. He was put under arrest by the authorities of a military squad on July 24th in the city of El Paraiso, while trying to reach the border between Honduras and Nicaragua to attend a march called by the president-in-exile Manuel Zelaya. His body appeared on the 25th with signs of torture and 42 stabs wounds.
8.Roger Abraham Vallejo Soriano. Died August 1, shot in the head during a police and military repression of a peaceful march on the outskirts of the capital on July 30.
9.Martin Florencio Rivera Barrientos. Murdered on the early morning of August 2 with firearms, while returning to his house after attending the wake of Vallejo Soriano.
10.Pedro Hernandez. A peasant murdered close to El Paraiso on August 3 when soldiers opened fire on the vehicle in which he was traveling with other people.
11.Juan Gabriel Figueroa Tome. A worker, had participated actively in demonstrations against the coup. He was murdered, shot in the nape of the neck in the city of San Pedro Sula on August 8th.
THREATENED POLITICAL LEADERS:
1.Silvia Ayala. Congressional representative of the department of Cortez. Her house has been constantly monitored by security forces and anonymous and unknown people have threatened the life of her children.
2.Maria Margarita Zelaya. Congressional representative and candidate for vice presidency of the liberal party. Her house was leveled by soldiers twice.
3.Rodrigo Trochez. Congressional representative of the department of Santa Barbara. His son was attacked with firearms on July 24th soon after the representative denounced in Washington DC what happened in Honduras was to coup dâ etat.
4.Carolina Echeverria. Sources of the district attorney's office notified the congresswoman from the department of Gracias a Dios that they had teceived instructions from their superiors to make up crimes and evidence that would affect her husband.
5.Adan Funez. Mayor of Tocoa. His house was stormed by military
forces on June 30th. He has also received death threats periodically as well as warnings that he will be prevented from running for reelection in the November 29th elections.
6.Adelmo Rivera. Mayor of Sonaguera. The army tried to capture him on July 2nd, and the municipal building was militarized.
7.Clemente Cardona. Mayor of Bonito Oriental. His municipal building was militarized as well. Pro-coup representatives have notified him that they will not be transferring economic resources that by law correspond to his municipality because of his anti-coup stance.
8.Amable of Jesus Hernandez. Mayor of Colinas, Santa Barbara. His wife received death threats via cell phone immediately after he participated in a press conference in Washington DC denouncing the coup de etat.
9.Filimon Flores. Candidate for Congressional representative of the Liberal Party in the department of Colon, has received death threats.
10.Eduardo Flores. Candidate for Congressional representative of the Democratic Unification Party (UD) in the Department of Colon has received death threats.
11.Carlos H. Reyes. Presidential Candidate, was attacked by police officers. His arm was broken, requiring extensive surgery.
12. Marvin Ponce, a current a member of a congress was assaulted in a pacific manifestation in Honduras.
COMMUNITY AND POPULAR LEADERS WHO HAVE RECEIVED DEATH THREATS
Elsy Banegas, Mario Lopez y Eduardo Flores, leaders of the Union of Workers of the National Agrarian Institute (SITRAINA).
Manuel Flores. Union of Workers of the National Electric Energy Company (STENEE).
Wilfredo Paz. Federation of Teachers Organizations of Honduras (FOMH) from the Department of Colon.
Hector Starling y Juan Cruz of the Teachers Union of Tocoa, Colon.
Gladys Lanza, threatened by people with ties to torturer Billy Joya.
Juan Barahona, who was also arrested for participating in street protests against the coup.
Erasto Calle, union leader.
Walter Trochez, leader from the LGBT community in Honduras who was also arrested, beaten and harassed on account of his sexual orientation after participating in a march against the coup.
THREATS AGAINST ENTIRE COMMUNITIES
The Guadalupe Carney community of Colon, with more than 600 families making up 45 cooperative peasant organizations, is in an ongoing state of siege, continuously threatened and attacked by the army and paramilitary forces in the northeast Department of Colon.
1,275 people arrested between June 29 and July 21 for protesting against the coup de etat.
Arbitrary application of the curfew, converting entire regions of the country into concentration camps, as occurred in the Department of El Paraiso where some 5,000 people were trapped without food or water from July 24-26.
UNJUST JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS BEING CARRIED OUT AGAINST ANTI-COUP PROTESTERS
Carlos Josue Bueso
Joel Armando Martinez
Gerson Adolfo Fajardo
Martha Ileana Hernandez
ATTACKS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Militarization and temporary closures of Radio Globo, Radio Progreso, Maya Tv and Canal 36 during the first days of the coup.
Machine-gunning of the studio of Radio Tegucigalpa. Signals for these channels blocked, and electricity cuts specifically targeting media outlets.
Death threats and intimidation against journalists, including:
Johny Lagos (El Libertador)
Luis Galdames (host of the radio program Going after the truth/Detras la verdadad)
Jesuit priest Ismael Moreno (Radio Progreso)
Romell Gomez (Radio Progreso)
Reflection and Communication Team/ERIC (Radio Progreso)
Jorge Orlando Anderson (television program La Cumbre on Bonito Oriental)
Nahum Palacios (Televisora del Aguan, Canal 5)
Wilfredo Paz (Centro de Noticias de Colon)
Temporary arrests of independent journalists for their opposition to the coup, including:
Romell Gomez (Radio Progreso)
Shutting down of the program Voices against oblivion/forgetting of the Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH) which had been transmitting uninterrupted for 20 years.
More than 100 Nicaraguan citizens arbitrarily detained for long periods of time without charge, subjected to abusive treatment, denied the right to contact their consular representatives and jailed with common criminals under the argument that they represented an external threat, despite the fact that the de facto government presented no evidence against them.
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