COFADEH: Once Again Forced Disappearance is being Implemented in Honduras
Source: HondurasHumanRights blog (espanol)
1. Osmin Obando Cáceres (age 22), son of Eliodoro Cáceres,
Coordinator of the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP) in Tela,
department of Atlántida, has been disappeared since Sunday, June 13,
2010 at 4:30 PM when he was driving his taxi and told his family that he
couldn’t speak to them by phone because he was surrounded by police.
The taxi appeared abandoned that same day around 6:30PM in the community
of Los Cedros, in the jurisdiction of Tela. After his disappearance,
the family received false calls, one caller claiming that Osmin was in
the hospital in Tela and another that claimed that he was dead in the
community of Las Palmas. Relatives went to verify each of the calls and
neither was true.
2. Denis Alexander Russel (age 19) was captured in an operation of
the Special Anti-Kidnapping Taskforce (GEAS) on July 13, 2010. The
operation was commanded by Vice Minister of Security Armando Calidonio
and police spokesperson Juan Rochez. His mother, Carlota Anariva,
denounced that the day he was taken away he had been with her buying
groceries, and when they returned to the house she left him to park the
car and suddenly the neighbours came to tell her that her son had been
taken away. He was a student in the Instituto de la Patria in La Lima,
Department of Cortés.
3. Luís Alexander Torres Casaleno, detained on July 20, 2010 by
police agents while driving his motorcycle, after having passed a police
checkpoint on the Corocito highway towards Tocoa, Colón. A few
kilometers passed the checkpoint he was detained by four agents of the
Preventative Police who were riding in a white unmarked double-cab
pick-up truck and crossed in front of him on the highway. Two agents in
uniform got out of the truck and put him into the vehicle, leaving his
motorcycle behind. The motorcycle was retrieved by the Corocito police
shortly afterwards. A habeas corpus was filed in his name and there has
been no response to date.
4. Vilmar Edmundo Talavera Avilez, a police officer, was detained by
the Border Police (Policía de Frontera y Análisis) on July 15, 2010 when
he was riding a bus. He was detained after presenting his
identification documents. Before his disappearance he was reportedly
threatened by a police officer by the name of Tercero.
5. Samuel Josué Pastrana Molina was kidnapped on February 7, 2011 at
2:30 when armed men with ski masks entered the place he was in the
department of El Paraíso, ordered those who were with him to place
themselves on the ground and close there eyes, and they took him away.
6. Francisco Pascual López of the Rigores agricultural cooperative in Tocoa, Colón, is disappeared since May 15, 2011.
7. Kelvin Omar Andrade Hernández (age 18), son of political exile
Dagoberto Andrade, mysteriously disappeared on June 11, 2011 when he
went out to ride his motorcycle in the neighbourhood of Bella Vista in
Catacamas, department of Olancho. He has not appeared since.
8. Mauricio Joel Urbino Castro (34), who worked as a taxi driver of
taxi number 248 in the city of Ceiba in the department of Atlántida. He
was having a problem with the electrical system of the car on August 2,
2011 and at approximately 4:30PM he arrived at a garage that specialized
in electrical repairs in the San José neighbourhood of Ceiba to repair
the vehicle. At about the same time four men whose faces were covered
with ski masks, of large and muscular build, who were carrying long and
short barrelled weapons, identified themselves as police and immediately
ordered all present inside the garage to get on the ground, shouting
“we’re the police – hit the floor!” while they kicked the garage owner. They then proceeded to beat Mauricio Joel Urbina Castro, fastened his
hands behind him, and violently removed him from the garage, forcing
him into a grey double-cab pick-up truck with heavily tinted windows and
without liscence plate which was waiting in the street. He has not been
seen since and his cellphone has never been answered since.
9. Oscar Elías López Muñoz (49) was kidnapped by masked men around
5:00 AM on Sunday August 21st in the Suyapa neighbourhood of Chamelecón
in the North of Honduras. The men arrived in three cars and broke down
the doors of his home, where López Muños was with his wife and ten
year-old daughter. They said they were agents of the National Department
of Criminal Investigation (DNIC). They were wearing hoods and ski
10. José Reynaldo Cruz Palma,
president of the Community Council (Patronato) of Planeta Neighbourhood
in San Pedro Sula. According to his family members he was kidnapped on
August 30, 2011 by agents of the DNIC and Preventative Police when he
was travelling by public transport along with his wife Nubia Carvajal
between La Lima, Cortés and their home in the neighbourhood of Planeta. The bus he was riding in was intercepted by various agents of both
police forces who were driving in two vehicles, one was a grey Mazda
double-cab pick-up truck with the partial licence plate BP50 and the
other was a patrol vehicle of the Preventative Police. The uniformed
agents got on the bus, said to his wife that the problem was not with
her but with her partner, and took him by force.
In light of these facts COFADEH has filed the corresponding
denunciations but to date the Ministry of the Attorney General, the
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, and state investigative bodies
have maintained a conspiratorial silence and have not taken any action
in any of these cases.
COFADEH is accompanying these new families who are regrettably
suffering this torturous journey and hold the State of Honduras
responsible for the re-implementation of this despicable practice, which
is a crime against humanity and was carried out in the 1980s against
our relatives, who we are still looking for. The people responsible for
these crimes continue to benefit from impunity and many are still part
of the failed institutions of this country.
WE SHALL NOT FORGIVE OR FORGET THE CRIMES OR THE PURPETRATORS