2016 Honduras: Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa

Norsk PENs komité for fengslede forfattere krever full rettssikkerhet for Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa, studentleder og medlem av PEN Honduras.

Abogado Óscar Fernando Chinchilla Banegas
Fiscal General de la República
Ministerio Público
Lomas del Guijarro
Avenida República Dominicana
Edifico Lomas Plaza II

Dr. Roberto Herrera Cáceres
Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CONADEH)
Colonia Florencia Norte
Boulevar Suyapa
Tegucigalpa Honduras

Dear Sirs,
PEN International, Norwegian PEN and The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee are concerned to hear of the arrest of PEN Honduras member Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa on June 7th 2016, alongside five other students at the National Autonomous University of Honduras in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

PEN International and Norwegian PEN urge the Honduran authorities to drop all charges against Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa, whom PEN International believes is being prosecuted for exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly by peacefully participating in and observing student protests, Furthermore, we urge the authorities to protect Padilla and to investigate any unlawful surveillance of him. PEN call on the government not to criminalise social protest or use the justice system to generate fear, censorship and silence among journalists, writers and others in Honduras.

Yours sincerely,
Hilde Rød-Larsen
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Consulate General of Honduras in Norway