WASHINGTON – International organizations expressed Tuesday their “strongest condemnation” of the murder this week in Honduras of human rights activist Walter Trochez.
The International Observatory for Human Rights in Honduras, which groups nine organizations, reported that Trochez was gunned down early Monday in Tegucigalpa.
After the June 28 coup against President Mel Zelaya, the activist joined the Resistance Front and was a “fierce opponent of the arbitrary actions committed by the de facto government,” the observatory said in a communique.
Trochez was a member of the Being Human Movement, an active collaborator of the Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights, and worked actively with the Honduran gay community and AIDS sufferers.
Last Friday the observatory said that Trochez had been kidnapped a week before.
During the kidnapping, from which he was finally able to escape, he was struck with a gun and punched by four men wearing ski masks who threatened to kill him for taking part in the Resistance Front.
Trochez reported the incident to the police and prosecutors, but “none of those authorities took any action to protect him,” the observatory said.
“These incidents show the defenselessness and grave risk in which defenders of human rights and people opposed to the current government find themselves,” he said.
With Trochez’s death, the observatory said, 14 people have now been killed under suspicious circumstances apparently linked to the current political context.
Added to these are nine people who died in public demonstrations against the coup.
The observatory alerted the international community to the “grave violations” of human rights that “continue to occur in Honduras.” EFE