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URGENT ACTION HONDURAN ACTIVIST RECEIVES DEATH THREAT On 22 January, Honduran lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist Patricio Vindel, received a death threat. His life is at risk. Patricio Vindel is the executive director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization OPROUCE – La Ceiba’s Pro-Union Organization (Organización Pro-Unión Ceibeña) – in northern Honduras. The group works on HIV prevention and raises awareness about human rights of the local LGBT community.

On 22 January, the staff of OPROUCE were away from the office for a workshop. While the office was empty, unknown individuals broke into the yard outside the office and spray painted a message on the wall saying “Patricio you’re going to die” (“Patricio vas a morir”). Patricio Vindel immediately reported the incident to the Human Rights Ombudsman (National Human Rights Commission, Comisionado Nacional de Derechos Humanos CONADEH) and the police. The police visited OPROUCE’s office during the afternoon of the same day and took evidence. On 21 January, a suspicious vehicle without a licence plate was seen passing by the office several times throughout the afternoon.

Prior to this incident, during August through to October 2012, Patricio Vindel received several threatening text messages. In these messages, the sender made reference to Patricio Vindel’s sexual orientation in a derogatory manner, and said that they knew where he lived and that someone would be sent to kill him.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:  Calling for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the threat made against Patricio Vindel, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice;  Urging the authorities to take immediate steps to fully provide appropriate protection to Patricio Vindel in accordance with his wishes;  Reminding them that human rights defenders have a right to carry out their activities without any unfair restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 21 MARCH 2013 TO: Attorney General Sr. Luis Alberto Rubí Fiscal General de la República Lomas del Guijarro, Avenida República Dominicana, Edificio Lomas Plaza II Tegucigalpa, Honduras Fax: +504 2221 5667 Salutation: Sr. Fiscal General/Dear Attorney General

Minister of Interior Sr. Pompeyo Bonilla Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de Seguridad, Plantel Casamata, subida al Picacho, Tegucigalpa, Honduras Fax: +504 2220 1756 Salutation: Dear Minister/Estimado Sr. Ministro

And copies to: OPROUCE Organización Pro-Unión Ceibeña Email: oprouce_org@yahoo.com

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.


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