Target: Señor Arturo Corrales, Minister of the Interior
Goal: Demand that Honduras comply with protection measures imposed by an international human rights body
Carlos Hilario Mejía Orellana’s death was both tragic and preventable: the human rights activist was recently stabbed to death in his home. He had received several threats as a result of his human rights and social justice work, and the murder occurred after the Honduran government failed to implement a protection order from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Sign the petition and demand help for the many other human rights workers who are currently without protection in Honduras.
Mejía was heavily involved with the Society of Jesus (Compañía de Jesús), a group “working for the promotion of human rights and social justice in Honduras through information, education and communication,” Amnesty International reports. He was the head of marketing for one of the Society’s projects, Radio Progreso, whose members have been a target for “harassment, intimidation, and threats” since the Honduran coup d’etat in 2009. The IACHR issued a protection order for eighteen Radio Progreso members years ago, but the Honduran government has failed to comply with the order. Now one activist is dead and seventeen others remain at risk.
It is vital that human rights activists be able to carry out their work without fear of violence or death. Sign the petition and urge the Honduran government to extend protection toward those activists singled out by the IACHR, and to launch a full, prompt, and impartial investigation into the death of Carlos Mejía.
Dear Minister of Interior,
Years ago, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a protection order for eighteen members of the human rights group Radio Progreso. In 2011, it ordered the government to ensure the personal safety of activist Carlos Hilaria Mejía Orellana. Nearly three years later, none of the members have received any protection from the Honduran government, and Carlos Mejía is dead. I urge you to provide Radio Progreso’s members with protection in accordance with their wishes, and I demand a full and impartial investigation into the murder of activist Carlos Mejía.
Mejía, the head of marketing for Radio Progreso, was stabbed to death in his home sometime around April 11, 2014. He had previously received threats for his role as a human rights worker with the Compañía de Jesús, but no government investigation of these threats was ever implemented. In fact, there is no record of government investigation into any of the threats received by members of Radio Progreso.
Governments have a responsibility to protect the safety of human rights workers. The members of Radio Progreso have been sadly neglected by the Honduran government so far. Please do the right thing; protect the safety of those who have dedicated their lives to protecting others, and bring Carlos Mejía’s murderer(s)to justice.
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