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LAWG Joins U.S. Organizations in Public Statement Regarding the Beating of the Director of Casa Alianza, Honduras

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16 May 2014

Statement of concern regarding the beating of the director of Casa Alianza, Honduras

We express our deep concern regarding the brutal beating of José Guadalupe Ruela García, the director of Casa Alianza of Honduras, allegedly by members of the Honduran Military Police. According to the Coalition for the Rights of Children, in which Casa Alianza participates, on May 8th in Tegucigalpa, Mr. Ruela was beaten by members of the Military Police, detained and then released the next day.

Casa Alianza is a well-known humanitarian organization that advocates for homeless children in Central America and Mexico. The latest monthly report by Casa Alianza’s Honduras office, which Mr. Ruelas presented on April 23, noted that in the first three months of the new government’s tenure, 270 children and young people under 23 in the country have suffered violent deaths.

We urge the Honduran authorities to conduct a prompt, full and effective investigation of these events and to ensure the safety of Mr. Ruela.

We express our solidarity with Casa Alianza and urge that embassies and other members of the international community do the same.

Alliance of Baptists
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Friends Service Committee
Center for Constitutional Rights
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Church World Service
Colombia Human Rights Committee
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Friendship Office of the Americas
International Labor Rights Forum
Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team
Solidarity Center
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
Witness for Peace


16 de mayo de 2014

Declaración de preocupación por la agresión al director de Casa Alianza, Honduras

Expresamos nuestra profunda preocupación por la brutal paliza a José Guadalupe Ruela García , el director de Casa Alianza de Honduras, presuntamente por miembros de la Policía Militar de Honduras. De acuerdo con la Coalición para los Derechos del Niño (COIPRODEN), en la que Casa Alianza participa, el 8 de mayo en Tegucigalpa el Sr. Ruela fue golpeado por miembros de la Policía Militar, detenido y luego puesto en libertad al día siguiente.

Casa Alianza es una conocida organización humanitaria que aboga por los niños sin hogar en América Central y México. El último informe mensual de la oficina de Casa Alianza Honduras, que el Sr. Ruelas presentó el 23 de abril, señaló que en los tres primeros meses del mandato del nuevo gobierno, 270 niños y jóvenes menores de 23 años en el país han sufrido muertes violentas.

Instamos a las autoridades de Honduras para llevar a cabo una investigación inmediata, plena y efectiva de estos hechos y a garantizar la seguridad del Sr. Ruela.

Expresamos nuestra solidaridad con Casa Alianza e instamos a que embajadas y otros miembros de la comunidad internacional hagan lo mismo.

Alliance of Baptists
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Friends Service Committee
Center for Constitutional Rights
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Church World Service
Colombia Human Rights Committee
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Friendship Office of the Americas
International Labor Rights Forum
Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team
Solidarity Center
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
Witness for Peace