Remembering 25 Years Agoâ€”January 1982
Four friendsâ€”MarÃa Ediltrudis Montes, Julio CÃ©sar MÃ©ndez, Enrique LÃ³pez HernÃ¡ndez and Francisco Samuel PÃ©rezâ€”all students or activists in their early 20s, disappear after being detained at a border checkpoint while traveling by bus from Nicaragua into Honduras. Eyewitnesses claim that armed men identifying themselves as National Intelligence Directorate agents boarded the bus and forcibly detained the four. The reason for their detention is unknown, but as students returning from Nicaragua, they may have been suspected of being sympathetic to the revolutionary government there; in addition, LÃ³pez was active in student and labor union movements. Honduran authorities subsequently deny any knowledge of their whereabouts.
â€œHonduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.â€ The Preliminary Report of the National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras. Human Rights Watch; July 1994
Comite de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos en Honduras Web site, Desaparecidos-1982
Roberto Suazo CÃ³rdova is sworn in as Hondurasâ€™s first civilian president in almost two decades.