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Honduran journalist Alfredo Villatoro has been found dead on the outskirts of the capital, Tegucigalpa, a week after he was abducted. Mr Villatoro, a radio reporter, was dressed in a police uniform, Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla said. He had been kidnapped by a gang of young men on his way to work on 9 May.
Honduras is hot, mountainous and about the size of the state of Louisiana. According to the United Nations, the Central American nation is also the world's most violent country. A mix of drug trafficking, political instability and history has contributed to a murder rate that is now four times that of Mexico. The Peace Corps has withdrawn its volunteers. Contributing to the volatility are the police themselves.
A New York Times article, by Dana Frank. Since the June 2009 military coup, Rights Action - and many North American organizations and writers - have denounced State repression and increasing violence in Honduras that is controlled by an illegitimate, military backed government. Oftentimes, we have had to directly critique the North American media that has distorted or completely ignored the extreme levels of repression and violence in Honduras.
First, the US backed a coup that deposed the elected president. Now, it's backing the return of death-squad government
This Wednesday, October 5, Obama will be reinforcing the message that - rhetoric notwithstanding - democracy and the respect for human rights are not high priorities for the United States.