Information on the killing or disappearance in 1993 of lawyers who were prosecuting military personnel, and possible military responsibility [HND17258.E]

References to the disappearance or killing of lawyers in 1993 who were involved in the prosecution of military personnel could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB. The attached documents provide information on killings and at least one disappearance that occurred in 1993 in which military personnel were suspected of involvement. Like the Country Reports 1993 available at your Regional Documentation Centre, the attached documents do not elaborate on some of the murder victims' profession or on their possible involvement in the prosecution of military personnel, but are included with this response for your reference.

Despite repeated attempts by the DIRB, local and regional human rights organizations in Honduras and Costa Rica could not be contacted in time to meet your deadline. Other organizations contacted by the DIRB were unable to research the subject by the requested deadline.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Inter Press Service (IPS). 14 December 1993. "Police Deny Harassing Ex-Guerrilla Member." (Central America NewsPak [Austin], 13-26 Dec. 1993, Vol. 8, No. 23, p. 7)

. 9 November 1993. "Paramilitary Revives With Death of Ex-Guerrilla." (Central America NewsPak [Austin], 1-14 Nov. 1993, Vol. 8, No. 20, p. 9)

. 21 June 1993. Thelma Mejía. "Judiciary Incapable of Resolving Rights Denunciations." (Central America NewsPak [Austin], 14-27 June 1993, Vol. 8, No. 10, pp. 7-8)

. 25 February 1993. Juan Ramón Dur n. "Former Agent Tells of Police and Army Corruption." (Central America NewsPak [Austin], 22 Feb.-7 Mar. 1993, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 7-8)

Miami Herald. 23 February 1993. Tim Johnson. "Honduras' 2nd Biggest City Jolted by Wave of Violence." (Central America NewsPak [Austin], 22 Feb.-7 Mar. 1993, Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 6)

Other Sources Consulted

Human Rights Watch. Yearly. Human Rights Watch World Report.

Amnesty International. Yearly. Amnesty International Report.

Documentation-Réfugiés [Paris]. Weekly.

Material from the Indexed Media Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the Weekly Media Review.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. Daily.

Newspapers and periodicals pertaining to the appropriate region.

On-line searches of news articles.