2013 Honduras: Dina Meza

Norway, 15. November 2013

Ana Pineda
Minister of Justice and Human Rights
Secretaría de Estado en los Despachos de Justicia y Derechos Humanos de la República de Honduras
Col. Lomas del Mayab
Ave. República de Costa Rica
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Email: contacto@sjdh.gob.hn

Maria Mercedes Bustillo
Coordinator
Special Prosecutor’s office
(Fiscalía de Derechos Humanos)
Colonia Lomas del Guijarro
Edificio Plaza II, primer piso
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Email: merceditasbustillo@yahoo.es

Maria Mercedes Bustillo
Coordinator
Special Prosecutor’s office
(Fiscalía de Derechos Humanos)
Colonia Lomas del Guijarro
Edificio Plaza II, primer piso
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Email: merceditasbustillo@yahoo.es

Copies to:
Ramón Custodio López
Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos
Oficina Central
Colonia Florencia Norte
Boulevar Suyapa
Tegucigalpa, Honduras 11101
Email: custodiolopez@conadeh.hn

Your Excellencies,

I write to you as the chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of Norwegian PEN, the local section of PEN International, the writer`s
and free expression organisation with 140 centres in over 100 countries around the world, including Honduras and many other countries in your region.

Norwegian PEN is urging that all reports of attacks, threats, harassment and surveillance of journalists, including Dina Meza, be promptly and thoroughly investigated and that anyone found responsible is brought to justice. Dina Meza, an awardwinning journalist, human rights defender and author, has been the victim of harassment and threats since 2006 which have not been properly investigated, while national protection mechanisms for journalists are ineffective. PEN International believe that she is targeted for exercising her right to free expression and that her physical security is at risk.

Norwegian PEN calls for Dina Meza to be granted adequate protection from harm, and to provide the Special Prosecutor for Human Rights Defenders with sufficient resources so that the office can carry out its mandate.

Yours sincerely,

Trine Kleven
Chair, Writers in Prison Committee of Norwegian PEN
Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo, Norway. www.norskpen.no