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Updated 01/14/2008

Remembering 25 Years Ago—December 1981

(en Español)


Dec. 11

Costa Ricans Yolanda del Carmen Solís Corrales, a social-studies teacher, and Francisco Fairén Garbi, a university student, both 28 years of age, disappear while traveling through Honduras on their way to Mexico. They are believed to have been detained by agents of the DNI. A body believed to be that of Fairén is later found in a place called "La Montañita," but the Honduran government fails to respond to requests for an exhumation. The case ultimately goes before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, but in 1989 the court rules that Honduras is not responsible for the disappearances.  

Sources

“Honduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.” 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-1981 

 

Dec. 20

Alfredo Duarte, "El Chapin," a Guatemalan lay worker, and his employer, Jose Frech Gutierrez, disappear after being detained while traveling by bus from San Pedro Sula to Choloma. Witnesses reported that the men were detained during a passenger identification check along the San Pedro Sula-Choloma route by the Honduran Armed Forces.  

Source

“Honduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.” The Preliminary Report of the National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras. Human Rights Watch; July 1994

 

Dec. 22

José Francisco Rivera Miranda, a Nicaraguan, disappears after being detained by immigration officials in Choluteca as an undocumented immigrant.  

Source

“Honduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.” The Preliminary Report of the National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras. Human Rights Watch; July 1994

 

Dec. 24

Victor Hugo Alas Herrera, a Costa Rican union leader, disappears after being arrested in the home of Ricardo Escalón in San Pedro Sula.  

Source

“Honduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.” The Preliminary Report of the National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras. Human Rights Watch; July 1994