Dear General de Division, Julián Pacheco Tinoco, Minister of Security,
I am deeply distressed that leaders of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and their families continue to suffer attacks and aggression.
Those responsible for the June 30 armed attacks on the vehicle carrying Bertha Isabel Zúniga Cáceres, Sotero Chavarría Fúnez and José Asunción Martínez must be found and brought to justice, as well as those responsible for threatening Francisco Javier Sánchez, and attempting to kidnap the mother of Sotero Chavarria’s children.
Such aggression must be stopped!
I call on you to take all appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of COPINH members and the family of Berta Cáceres, in accordance with their wishes and in strict compliance with the precautionary measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. This requires careful consultation and cooperation with COPINH.
I also call on you to speak out publicly, acknowledging that the human rights work of COPINH is legitimate and that violence against COPINH will not be tolerated.
I appeal for your leadership to uphold the obligations of Honduras to ensure the security of all citizens. The eyes of the world are watching.