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  • Garifuna woman holds up a sign that reads 'We Garifunas matter' in the community of Triunfo de la Cruz, Atlántico department, Honduras. July 22, 2020.

    Garifuna woman holds up a sign that reads 'We Garifunas matter' in the community of Triunfo de la Cruz, Atlántico department, Honduras. July 22, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 30 July 2020
Opinion

According to witnesses, the offenders wore police uniforms. Garifuna leaders also stressed only law forces are allowed to circulate on highways due to mobility cease due to COVID-19.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) Citizen Security Program’s director Adriana Beltran Wednesday demanded Hondura’s government for quick action on the five Garifuna people who were kidnapped.

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"The Honduran authorities must conduct an independent, thorough and prompt investigation to identify the material and intellectual authors of the disappearance and to establish the whereabouts of the Garifuna defenders,” Beltran said.

In July 18 dawn; unidentified men took Alberth Sneider Centeno, Milton Joel Martinez Alvarez, Junior Rafael Juarez Mejia, Suami Aparicio Mejia, and Gerardo Mizael Rochez out of their domiciles. 

The Garifuna community suffers frequent violence, intimidation, and prosecution because of government and private companies' interests over their ancestral territories.

"The Honduran government must also urgently adopt measures that guarantee the protection and security of the Garifuna community of Triunfo de la Cruz,” Beltran added.

According to witnesses, the offenders wore police uniforms. Garifuna leaders also stressed only law forces are allowed to circulate on highways due to mobility cease due to COVID-19.

A week after the incident, local authorities reported the finding of victim’s documents in a near farm in El Carmen Village. 

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