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Honduras: Radio station director attacked: Arnulfo Aguilar

, Index number: AMR 37/004/2011

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.

UA: 129/11 Index: AMR 37/004/2011 Honduras Date: 06 May 2011
URGENT ACTION
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
de puta”]
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
Ana Pineda
Ministra de Justicia y Derechos
Humanos
Casa Presidencial
Boulevard Juan Pablo Segundo
Palacio José Cecilio del Valle
Tegucigalpa, M.D.C.
Honduras
Fax: +504 2290 5129
Salutation: Estimada Sra. Ministra
Attorney General
Sr. Luis Alberto Rubí
Fiscal General de la República
Lomas del Guijarro, Avenida República
Dominicana
Edificio Lomas Plaza II
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax: + 504 221 5667
Salutation: Dear Attorney General
And copies to:
Comité de Familiares de Detenidos
Desaparecidos en Honduras
(COFADEH)
Barrio La Plazuela, Avenida Cervantes
Casa No. 1301
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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
date.
Date: 06 May 2011
URGENT ACTION
RADIO STATION DIRECTOR ATTACKED
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Following the coup d'etat on 28 June 2009, there were closures and occupation of media outlets by military personnel, media
workers were physically attacked and subjected to threats and intimidation, particularly those investigating organized criminal
activity, human rights violations and those speaking out about the coup d’etat. In 2010, ten journalists were killed in Honduras.
Among those killed, was Nahúm Palacios, who had been granted precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights.
Since the coup d'etat, media workers at Radio Uno have reported several threats and attacks to the authorities. Radio Uno has
played a role in informing the public about human rights violations and the role of the armed forces. The authorities have not
contacted Arnulfo Aguilar to discuss concerns about the security of Radio Uno staff.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed concern about the security of the staff at Radio Uno in October
2009 and requested information about the situation from the authorities.
For more information on Honduras see here:
Honduras: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Ninth session of the UPR working group of the Human Rights
Council, November-December 2010: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR37/005/2010/en
Honduras: Recommendations to the new Honduran government following the coup of June 2009:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR37/003/2010/en
Honduras: Human rights crisis threatens as repression increases: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR37/004/2009/en
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