Sunday, May 23, 2010

Death Threats Against FNRP Leader Carlos H. Reyes Re-iterated

Saturday May 22, 2010 Committee of Relatives of Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH)

Urgent Action

The Committee of Relatives of Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH), expresses its concern and full condemnation over the repeated death threats against Carlos H. Reyes, a Leader of the National Front and the Popular Bloc from Honduras.
On May 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm, Carlos H. Reyes received an incoming call, from number 226 99 65, on his cell phone. When he answered, the voice on the other side of the handset said in a deep voice, "We will cut your head off in a few days, bastard!," the startled Carlos, answered, "Hello," and the subject repeated the threat " We will blow your head off in a few days, bastard, you only have a few days left." This situation is repeated three times.
These threats occur in a context of media disinformation where a division within the National Resistance Front is trying to be portraid. This campaign began when the Front began collection of signatures to demand a National Constituent Assembly in order to return the country to democratic and constitutional order.
In the past two months this strategy of misinformation has been implemented to discredit leaders of the opposition and then attack them, in some cases with irreparable damages. In the past two months, eight (8) people of the National Front have been killed. (25) are under death threats and twenty-six (26) have been forced to leave the country in order to preserve their life and integrity

COFADEH requests the national and international community demand that The State of Honduras take all measures necessary to ensure an effective mechanisms to protect the life and integrity of the leader Carlos H. Reyes. Similarly, that they ensure effective protection for all social activists and ensure the right to defend universally recognized human rights, as stated in the Universal Declaration of United Nations Defenders, adopted in 1998 and the OAS Resolution 1999 and 2000.

Public Ministry
Secretary of Government and Justice: Phone: (504) 232-5995, (504) 232-1373
FAX: (504) 232-0226

Carlos H. Reyes has been granted of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Between June and November 2009, the union headquarters of STIBYS (Union of Workers in the Soft Drinks Industry), Trade Union to which it belongs Carlos H. Reyes and what is their president was militarized. On July 26, unidentified assailants exploded a grenade inside the Union, in the month of August, unidentified persons fired at the facilities and in the months of July, August, September and November tanks and military commandos were installed in front of their offices. The STIBYS is the headquarters of the Resistance and a hosting site for demonstrators coming from the Internal Resistance of the country.

On July 30, 2009, agents of the Preventive Police fractured Carlos'right arm while beating him with clubs, hurling insults, and stating, "AHA, you're the old man who wants to be my President, well, here are your votes. " Carlos H. Reyes was an independent candidate for President of the Republic to the elections of November 2009He stepped down from candidacy in renunciation of the coup d'etat of June 28, 2009

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