For Immediate Release
Honduras: Investigate Attacks on Coup Opponents
WASHINGTON - Honduran authorities should ensure that recent killings and other
attacks on opponents of the 2009 coup are promptly and thoroughly
investigated, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubí.
Human Rights Watch has received credible reports of multiple acts of
violence over the past month targeting members of the National Popular
Resistance Front (Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular), including
killings, rape, torture, kidnapping, and assault. Threats reportedly
received by victims and comments allegedly made by the assailants
suggest that these abuses may have been politically motivated.
"Without a thorough investigation to identify who committed the
crimes, to establish motive, and to hold those responsible to account,
these events could generate a chilling effect that would limit the
exercise of basic political rights in Honduras, including the rights of
freedom of association and freedom of expression," the letter said.
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