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Letter in Support of Honduran Land Defender Carlos Amador

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Tegucigalpa, February 17, 2014

The human rights defender, environmentalist, and communicator Carlos Amador Alemán, denounced today in our offices to being threatened and followed.

"I feel I am being followed and threatened for being openly against the impacts that mining is causing in the northern sector (of Francisco Morazán) and in part of Comayagua, and also because I'm a social communicator and environmentalist," said the human rights defender in his testimony.

Amador is a prominent social communicator, the director of two news programs for radio and television, "Línea Directa con el Pueblo" (Saturday and Sunday), and "Contacto con la Noticia" that is broadcast Monday through Friday, in media outlets in the municipality of Porvenir, is an elementary school teacher, and currently is the secretary of the Siria Valley Environmental Committee

According to his report, since December 2013, he's been followed by someone who drives a black motorcycle without plates, a situation that at first he thought was normal, but then he started being followed repeatedly, on many occasions.

Most recently the "the chase" has been realized with two vehicles, a double cab white pick up truck and another truck that is grey, "that park in front of the station and stay there 40 or 50 minutes and have been there minutes before I enter the station on 4 occasions. In fact no one gets out of those vehicles."

In 2011 Carlos Amador was unjustly accused along with 17 other people, for defending the right to drinking water of more than 20,000 people, members of communities in the Siria Valley. Amador is an active member of the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model.

We demand the protection of Carlos Amador's life and are making a call to the national and international community to be in solidarity with the human rights defender.
Juan Almendarez Bonilla
Executive Director of the Centre for Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and their Families

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