UA: 228/10 Index: AMR 37/015/2010 Honduras Date: 29 October 2010
LAWYER ABDUCTED AND THREATENED WITH DEATH
A lawyer working for the human rights organization Association for a more Just Society
(Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa – ASJ) was abducted by two unknown men in
Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, on 19 October. During her 40-minute ordeal she was
threatened with death, and her life could be in danger.
On 19 October, at 2.15pm, the lawyer, who has asked not to be named, hailed a taxi outside the ASJ office. Two
men approached her while she was negotiating a price with the taxi driver. They forced her into the taxi with them.
The men ordered the taxi driver to follow their directions.
In the taxi, the two men exchanged a gun between them and then asked the lawyer “Do you work for ASJ? Who pays
you? How much do they pay you? Are you investigating SETECH?” [SETECH is a private security company]
(¿Trabajas para ASJ? ¿Quién te paga? ¿Cuánto te paga? ¿Estás investigando a SETECH?). The lawyer refused to
answer. The men said to each other “You know we were paid to execute her …we have to carry out the plan” (Sabés
que nos pagaron para ejecutarla … hay que seguir con el plan). One of the abductors said “Bitch, we are asking you
a question, answer it” (Hija de la gran puta, te estamos haciendo una pregunta, contestá). They continued to ask the
lawyer questions about her work.
After around 30 minutes, the two men had an argument. One of the men said that he had second thoughts, which
appeared to irritate the other man, who then ordered the taxi driver to come to a halt in front of a hardware store.
The abductors told the lawyer to get out by saying “Come on! Quick! Get out! […] may God be with you” (Bueno,
bajese pero ya, no lo piense bajese ya […] que Dios ande con usted). The taxi drove on with the men inside and left
her on the street.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Spanish or your own language:
Calling for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the incident and the threats against the ASJ
lawyer, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice;
Urging that the authorities take immediate steps to provide appropriate protection to the victim, in accordance
with her wishes.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 10 DECEMBER 2010 TO:
Sr. Porfirio Lobo Sosa
Presidente de la República
Boulevard Juan Pablo Segundo
Palacio José Cecilio del Valle
Fax: + 504 239 3298
Salutation: Dear President
Minister of Interior
Secretario de Estado
Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de
Seguridad, Plantel Casamata, subida al
Picacho, Tegucigalpa, M.D.C, Honduras
Fax: +504 220 1756
Salutation: Dear Minister / Estimado
And copies to:
Asociación para una Sociedad más
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above