August 2, 2021

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Honduran UN High Commissioner for Refugees calls for inquiry into weapons use in prisons

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras (OHCHR) has asked authorities to investigate incidents in the country’s prisons and the entry and use of firearms.

The Fighting within the blocks of the sentencing center Maximum security in Morcell (La Tolva) has provoked reactions from government, NGO and international organizations. Three were killed and more than thirty were injured This Thursday, according to preliminary editions, they stopped grenade clashes and shootings between gang members.

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In the presence of the High Commissioner representing the United Nations (UN) Honduras Works as an observer on incidents related to violence, insecurity, displacement and poverty.

Through social networks, OHCHR recalled the existence of the State of Honduras Duty to protect the lives of those who have lost their freedom And guarantees their safety in prisons.

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“OHCHR calls on authorities to fully investigate the entry and use of ammunition and firearms in prisons, reminding the government of its duty to protect the lives and human rights of those who have lost their liberty,” the international agency said in a statement. Twitter.

Following this, the OHCHR reported that delegates had visited the Morrosel prison, 64 kilometers from the Honduran capital. Tegucigalpa, In eastern Honduras, document and create an information file.

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“OHCHR visited Hopper, In El Parazzo, to document the fighting that took place yesterday. The office is concerned about an increase in violence in prisons 4 were killed and 40 were injured In three high security centers in recent days, ”they said.

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The gang fight lasted at least an hour. After this, the guards tried Public Order Military Police (PMOP), recover facilities and enter with the Red Cross and firefighters’ emergency organizations. Those who lost their freedom and wounded guards were transferred to help centers for Tegucigalpa and Danley.

Dozens of relatives, especially mothers and wives, were eager to find information about their loved ones. The confidentiality of the information of the official authorities caused confusion. That’s until this Friday National Prison Agency Although the details of the crisis inside the prison have not yet been clarified, the official death toll and the number of injured have been confirmed.

Members Mara Salvatrucha Y Gang ’18’, Two of the most advanced criminal organizations in Honduras, compile a list of those who have lost their freedom in most Honduran prisons, including those with maximum security. This has created many conflicts Not yet resolved by the state of Honduras.