03 December 2009
Honduras security forces must be held accountable for human rights abuses

On its 10-day visit to Honduras during the presidential elections in November, Amnesty International documented numerous cases of human rights abuses carried out by the security forces since last June, when President Manuel Zelaya was forced into exile.

These included killings following excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests of demonstrators by police and military, indiscriminate and unnecessary use of tear gas, ill treatment of detainees in custody, violence against women, harassment of activists, journalists, lawyers and judges.

Amnesty International found that members of the military assigned to law enforcement duties were involved in committing serious human rights violations such as killings following excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests and illegal raids.

Amnesty International has called on the future Honduran government to ensure that all members of the security forces are held accountable for human rights abuses committed between 28 June and the end of November

Please also write directly to the Honduran security forces to ask that human rights are respected by police and army personnel and that there is full cooperation with any investigation into allegations of human rights abuses.

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