UN High Commissioner asks to investigate the use of weapons in Honduras prisons

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras (OHCHR) has asked the authorities to investigate the events and the entry and use of firearms in the country’s prisons.

The brawl inside the modules of the penal center maximum security of Morocelí (La Tolva) has provoked reactions from governmental, non-governmental and international organizations. Three dead and more than thirty wounded left behind grenade clashes and shots between gang members, according to preliminary versions, this Thursday.

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The presence of the high commissioner, representing the United Nations (UN), in Honduras functions as a viewer in events related to violence, insecurity, migration and poverty.

Through social networks, OHCHR recalled that the State of Honduras has the Obligation to safeguard the lives of those deprived of liberty and guaranteeing their safety in prisons.

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“OHCHR urges the authorities to thoroughly investigate the entry and use of explosives and firearms in prisons, recalling the duty of the State to safeguard the life and human rights of persons deprived of liberty,” published the international entity in your account in Twitter.

Subsequently, OHCHR reported that representatives visited the Morocelí prison, some 64 kilometers from the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, in eastern Honduras, to document and create an information file.

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“OHCHR visited La Tolva, in El Paraíso, to document the brawl that occurred yesterday. The Office is concerned about the increase in violence in prisons that has left at least 4 dead and 40 injured in three maximum security centers in recent days ”, they reported.

The gang brawl lasted at least an hour. After this, custodians tried, with reinforcements from the Military Police of Public Order (PMOP), recover the facilities and enter with the emergency bodies of the Red Cross and Firefighters. Those deprived of liberty and injured guards were transferred to Tegucigalpa and Danlí, to assistance centers.

Dozens of relatives came to the area, especially mothers and wives, anxious in search of information related to their loved ones. The informative secrecy of official authorities caused a wake of confusion. It was until this Friday that the National Penitentiary Institute made official the number of fatalities and injuries, although the details of the crisis inside the prison have not yet been clarified.

Members of the Mara Salvatrucha Y gang ’18’, two of the most prominent criminal organizations in Honduras, make up the list of those deprived of liberty in most Honduran prisons, including those with maximum security. This has generated multiple confrontations that have not yet been resolved by the State of Honduras.