Luis Fernando Ayala

At age 16 Luis Fernando Ayala, was already a prominent environmentalist in the municipality of Guala, Santa Bárbara, in north-eastern Honduras.

His age didn’t save him from a terrible crime. He was kidnapped, tortured and then murdered.

He was found without hands and with signs of torture one day after his relatives reported him as missing.

According to the Guatemalan newspaper Plaza Pública, a witness who worked at the coffee plantation where Luis Fernando used to work, saw three hooded men taking the teenager away at night fall.

Luis Fernando, like others in his family, was a member of the MAS (Movimiento Ambientalista Santabarbarense), which had opposed to mining activity and hydroelectric projects in the area for three years, mainly to the concession for plaster extraction, which was granted indefinitely and holds a threat to the locals.

However, his family links the homicide to his participation in the protests against President Juan Orlando Hernández, after the disputed elections of November 26, 2017, which were strongly repressed by the Public Order Military Police (PMOP). The persecution was such that several young leaders were subjected to protective measures by the State.


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Region:Americas

Country:Honduras

Department/Province/State:Santa Barbara

Sex1:Male

Age:16

Date of Killing:20/02/2018

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:NGO member

Organisation:Movimiento Ambientalista Santabarbarense (MAS)

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Environmental Rights, Extractive industries/Mega projects, Freedom of Expression

More information:FLD

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Plaza Pública Guatemala
https://www.plazapublica.com.gt/content/honduras-una-imagen-terrible-en-el-celular-de-marta-raquel
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Luis Fernando Ayala

On 22nd February 2018, the body of human rights defender Luis Fernando Ayala was found in the area of Conception del Sur, Gualala district in the region of Santa Barbara.

Luis Fernando Ayala, a 16 years old human rights defender, was an active member of Movimiento Ambientalista Santabarbarense (MAS), a local organisation that works in defence of the environment and to protect the rights of the local community.  He had actively campaigned against the installation of gypsum mining and hydro-electric projects in the Arenales village of the municipality.

Early in the morning of 22nd February 2018, Ayala’s body was found with signs of torture and with his arms cut off. According to people who were at the scene, Ayala was killed due to of his active opposition to government’s corruption. Previously, Luis Fernando Ayala, along with other young people, had been criminalised by the Military Police of the Public Order (PMOP) for participating in the peaceful protests to denounce the irregularities in the general elections of November 26, 2017.

 


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Region:Americas

Country:Honduras

Department/Province/State:Santa Barbara

Nickname:no information

Sex1:Male

Age:16

Date of Killing:20/02/2018

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:NGO member

Organisation:Movimiento ambientalista Santabarbarense

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Environmental Rights, Freedom of Expression

More information:Front LIne Defenders

1This database records an individual's chosen gender identity. If they do not self-identify as male or female they can use the option of recording other/neither or use the term NBGI (non binary gender identity).