UA: 129/11 Index: AMR 37/004/2011 Honduras Date: 06 May 2011
RADIO STATION DIRECTOR ATTACKED
Radio director Arnulfo Aguilar was attacked by eight to ten armed men wearing balaclavas
outside his home in San Pedro Sula, north-western Honduras. Amnesty International believes
that he was targeted because he publicly criticized the armed forces and that his life is at risk.
On 27 April 2011, at 23:35pm, Arnulfo Aguilar, director of Radio Uno, arrived at his house after presenting a radio
show. He saw eight to ten individuals, some of them masked and armed, making hand-signals to each other. The
men then ran towards him as he was opening the gate to the compound in which his house is situated. As they
approached, Arnulfo Aguilar heard one of the men say to another, ‘there he is, that son of a bitch’ [“allí está ese hijo
The attackers tried to block Arnulfo Aguilar’s path to the house, but he managed to enter the front door and lock
himself inside. The attackers surrounded his house and waited for him. Arnulfo immediately phoned the police to
ask for assistance, but a patrol unit only arrived on the scene over an hour later, by which time the individuals had
left. Arnulfo Aguilar also called the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras (Comité de Familiares de
Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras) a prominent Honduran human rights organization, who then also tried to
contact senior police officials including the Minister of Security, Oscar Alvarez, but were unable to get a response.
Arnulfo Aguilar had returned home after presenting an evening radio show in which a Wikileaks cable was mentioned
that implicated the Honduran Armed Forces in arms smuggling activities.
In the days following the attack, there have been reports that shots have been fired in the vicinity of Arnulfo
Aguilar’s house. He has not felt able to return to his home since the attack, as there are no security measures in
place that would guarantee his safety.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Spanish or your own language:
Urging that the authorities take immediate steps to fully provide appropriate protection to Arnulfo Aguilar in
accordance with his wishes.
Calling for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the attack on Arnulfo Aguilar, demanding
that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 17 JUNE 2011 TO:
Minister for Justice and Human Rights
Ministra de Justicia y Derechos
Boulevard Juan Pablo Segundo
Palacio José Cecilio del Valle
Fax: +504 2290 5129
Salutation: Estimada Sra. Ministra
Sr. Luis Alberto Rubí
Fiscal General de la República
Lomas del Guijarro, Avenida República
Edificio Lomas Plaza II
Fax: + 504 221 5667
Salutation: Dear Attorney General
And copies to:
Comité de Familiares de Detenidos
Desaparecidos en Honduras
Barrio La Plazuela, Avenida Cervantes
Casa No. 1301
Fax: +504 220 5280
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above