Four leaders of the Garifuna ethnic group from Honduras were kidnapped this Saturday in the Caribbean community of Triunfo de la Cruz, activists from non-governmental organizations and the Ministry of Human Rights reported.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, an armed group arrived in Triunfo de la Cruz, some 220 km north of the capital, « and took, among others, the leader Sneider Centeno, » Garifuna leader Miriam Miranda reported on Twitter. . « We demand his prompt appearance alive, » he added.

For its part, the Ministry of Human Rights said in a statement that it requested the « State security organs to initiate immediate actions that would allow (…) the whereabouts of the people » and « identify those responsible. »

He added that the « burglary » was carried out by « armed people wearing vests from the Police Investigation Directorate (DPI) ».

The portfolio demanded « the protection and respect for the lives of people who are illegally deprived of liberty. »

According to social media posts, the alleged agents came to the home of each of the four Garifuna and took them away.

In 2015 the Garifuna community of 10,000 inhabitants won a lawsuit in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that forced the State of Honduras to grant it « a collective property title » over the territories where they live.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights managed to verify that the State intended to strip the Garifuna of their lands in order to promote the construction of large tourist projects in this natural area.

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