Urgent Action Update: Afro-Indigenous Activists Still Disappeared (Honduras: UA 123.20)

September 9, 2020

Five individuals wearing Police Investigations Directorate (DPI) vests took four Garífuna activists – Alberth Centeno Tomas, President of the Board of Triunfo de la Cruz on behalf of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), Suami Mejía García, Gerardo Rochez Cálix and Milton Martínez Álvarez, members of the OFRANEH – and a fifth person, Junior Juárez Mejía, from their homes on 18 July 2020. The Secretary of Security ordered a search operation, but they are still missing. We demand authorities determine their whereabouts, ensure an independent, effective and impartial investigation of their disappearance, and bring those responsible to justice.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Secretary Julián Pacheco Tinoco
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @SSEGURIDADHN
Ambassador Marlon Ramsses Tábora Muñoz
Embassy of Honduras
1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 966 2604 I Fax: 202 966 9751
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2Cst64
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Secretary Julián Pacheco Tinoco,

I am extremely concerned about the enforced disappearance of the four Garífuna activists, Alberth Snider Centeno Tomas, Suami Aparicio Mejía García, Gerardo Mizael Rochez Cálix and Milton Joel Martínez Álvarez, members of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), and a fifth person, Junior Rafael Juárez Mejía, taken from their homes in the Garifuna community of Triunfo de la la Cruz by five individuals wearing DPI-like vests on 18 July 2020.

Despite a search operation carried out by the National police and an investigation started by the Public Prosecutors Office, their whereabouts remain unknown.

I urge you to adopt all the necessary measures to find Alberth Snider Centeno Tomas, Suami Aparicio Mejía García, Gerardo Mizael Rochez Cálix, Milton Joel Martínez Álvarez, and Junior Rafael Juárez Mejía, and ensure an independent, effective and impartial investigation into their enforced disappearance, bringing those responsible to justice.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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