Friday, January 26, 2018

HONDURAS: Justice for Murdered Human Rights Defender - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International, USA, Jan. 18, 2018.

Local NGOs report that numerous social activists, human rights defenders, and people actively involved in protests occurring throughout Honduras since 29 November 2017 have been subjected to beatings, intimidation, harassment and stigmatization, and that some of their names appear on lists in the hands of security forces. The Coalition against Impunity registered at least 63 attacks against defenders since the post-election crisis started.
Among them, the Broad Movement for Justice and Dignity reported that security forces brutally repressed a protest in La Masica, Atlántida on 16 December. Security forces beat and later fired taser guns at approximately 10 people, including Diego Aguilar López and Wilmer Paredes.  On 29 December, Wilmer Paredes requested protection from the National Protection System for human rights defenders after he reported vehicles following him. Unknown assailants shot and killed Wilmer Paredes on 1 January 2018.