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OHCHR Asks Honduras To Investigate Prison Gang Massacre

  • 6 people were murdered in Honduras' maximum security prison El Pozo. Jul. 5, 2022.

    6 people were murdered in Honduras' maximum security prison El Pozo. Jul. 5, 2022. | Photo: Twitter/@dadams7308

Published 5 July 2022

In the wake of the massacre of six gang members in a maximum-security prison in Honduras, the OHCHR requested "a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation."    

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras said via Twitter, "OHCHR calls on the authorities to conduct a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation of the facts that allows the punishment of those responsible and that includes the hypothesis of a crime due to prejudice based on the sexual orientation of individuals."

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The murder of six members of the Barrio 18 gang in El Pozo prison, located in the Santa Barbara department, was confirmed by the Honduran Security Secretariat. 

Concerned about the inmates' deaths, the Security Secretariat said the State must protect the life and integrity of prisoners. 

According to press reports, at least one of those killed, allegedly from strangulation, was a homosexual. Government sources revealed that the victims were found outside their cells at around 7:30 local time.

Early theories suggest a possible punishment by the gang since, according to their rules, homosexuality is punishable by death. 

In El Pozo prison, some 130 guards watch over around 1 500 dangerous inmates. 

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