Honduran authorities must urgently investigate the recent killing of Jose Trejo just five months after his brother, a prominent human rights lawyer, was also murdered, Amnesty International said today.
José Trejo was shot dead by unknown men on Saturday, as he travelled on his motorbike in the outskirts of the city of Tocoa, in the north of the country. His brother Antonio, a prominent human rights activist, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in September 2012. No one has been brought to justice for Antonio’s killing.
The day before he was shot dead, José Trejo had been in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, to meet with officials in an effort to ensure justice for his brother’s murder and visit media outlets to keep the spotlight on the case.
“A thorough, independent and impartial investigation must urgently be carried out, with those responsible brought to justice,” said Esther Major, Researcher for Central America at Amnesty International. "The authorities must not stay silent in the face of this crime and commit to a policy of zero tolerance for attacks on human rights defenders."