Honduran authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the murders of two activists and Indigenous leaders killed in separate incidents during the weekend.
On Sunday, Jose Adan Medina was found shot to death in a remote location in the community of El Volcan, also in western Honduras. Medina was a member of the Tolupan Indigenous group.
Felix Vasquez, a longtime environmental activist from the Lenca Indigenous group, was shot by masked men in front of relatives Saturday in his home in Santiago de Puringla.
Vasquez, who was seeking the nomination of the opposition Libre party to run for congress, had fought hydroelectric projects and land abuses for years. National elections are scheduled for March.
Alice H Shackelford, a United Nations resident coordinator in Honduras, called for Medina’s killers to be held to account.
“How sad the end of 2020! Another human rights defender murdered! Indigenous Tolupan leader Adan Mejia! Justice and zero impunity! Quick investigation and identification of the culprits as soon as possible,” Shackelford said on Twitter.
Yuri Mora, spokesman for the Honduras prosecutor’s office, said that the office on ethnic groups and cultural patrimony was investigating Vasquez’s murder. He said investigators had executed searches and were about to call people in to make statements, but no arrests had been made.
He said Vasquez had filed complaints with the prosecutor’s office in the past against hydroelectric projects and on land management issues.
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