05/13/2019

Urgent Action: Land Defenders at Risk (Honduras: UA 64.19)


Rosalina Dominguez, her four sons and two members of the community of Río Blanco, Intibucá, in Honduras were threatened last 30 April and 1 May 2019. The community members are afraid that this might be the beginning of a new wave of attacks against them after previous threats for protesting the Agua Zarca Dam together with the Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge the Minister of Human Rights to immediately guarantee the safety of Rosalina Domínguez, her family, members of Río Blanco and COPINH and to investigate any attacks against them.

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Karla Eugenia Cueva Aguilar
Ministerio de Derechos Humanos
Contiguo Edificio Rojo y Complejo
Hotelero Plaza San Martín,
Avenida República de Panamá,
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Marlon Ramsses Tábora Muñoz
Embassy of Honduras
3007 Tilden St. NW, Suite 4M, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 966 2604 I Fax: 202 966 9751
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2Cst64i
Facebook: @EmbajadadeHondurasenlosEstadosUnidos
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister Cueva,

I write to express my concern about the recent threats against Rosalina Domínguez, finance coordinator for the Indigenous Council of Río Blanco, her four sons (aged between 16 and 30), and two other members of her community. They faced verbal death threats on 30 April and 1 May 2019 on their way to work by a group of at least seven people, one of them armed.

Given the history of attacks against this community that led to the murder of Berta Cáceres, Rosalina, the Indigenous Council, and COPINH are calling on the Honduran government to investigate these threats and guarantee their safety.

I urge you to launch an immediate investigation on these attacks to bring those responsible to justice, and guarantee the safety of Rosalina Domínguez, her four children, and the two other members of the community of Río Blanco, in agreement with them.

Yours sincerely,

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