February 4, 2014

“There Are No Investigations Here”

Impunity for Killings and Other Abuses in Bajo Aguán, Honduras

Summary
Recommendations
Methodology
Background: Land Disputes in Bajo Aguán
National Context: Lack of Accountability for Post-Coup Abuses
The International Finance Corporation Loan and Investigation in Honduras
Flawed Investigations of Violent Crimes
Killing of Five Peasants on El Tumbador Plantation, November 15, 2010
Killing of Gregorio Chávez, Paso Aguán Plantation, July 2, 2012
Alleged Abduction of José Antonio López Lara near Paso Aguán Plantation, April 29, 2012
Alleged Abduction of Francisco Pascual López at Panamá Plantation, May 15, 2011
Killing of Four Security Guards, a Farmworker, and a Campesino, Paso Aguán Plantation, August 14, 2011
Killing of Henry Roney Díaz, El Despertar, May 2011
Killing of Two People, El Despertar, November 1, 2011
Killing of Five People near San Isidro Plantation, August 15, 2011
Failure to Protect Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers at Risk
Killing of Lawyer Antonio Trejo, September 22, 2012
Killing of Activist Secundino Ruiz, August 20, 2011
Killing of Journalist Nahúm Palacios, March 14, 2010
Allegations by Military Put Activist in Danger, December 12, 2013
Failure to Investigate Human Rights Violations
Evictions and Destruction of Homes, a School, and Churches, Rigores, June 24, 2011
Torture, Beatings, Arbitrary Arrests, and Other Abuses, Rigores, September 19, 2011
Excessive Use of Force on Demonstrators, Planes, March 30, 2011
The Cost of Impunity
Honduras’s Obligations under International Law..
Obligation to Deter, Prevent, and Investigate Abuses
Standards on the Use of Force
Standards on Forced Evictions
International Human Rights Obligations Related to Businesses
Honduran Government Obligations under National Law
Obligations under National Laws to Respect Human Rights
Obligation to Investigate and Prosecute Crimes
Standards on Excessive Use of Force
Acknowledgments
Annex