Honduras' black list

De Sociale Bewegingen in Honduras hebben een oproep gelanceerd om dringend actie te ondernemen tegen de bedreigingen die geuit werden aan het adres van dr.Luther Castillo.

De militairen hebben hem op de zwarte lijst gezet en dreigen hem elk moment te arresteren. Hij gaf in de afgelopen dagen vaak commentaar op de situatie in Honduras na de staatsgreep en dat is geenzins naar de zin coupplegers. Dr. Luther Castillo was bij één van de eerste buitenlandse studenten die in 1998 als eersten mochten studeren aan de ELAM (de Cubaanse doktersopleiding voor buitenlandse studenten van arme afkomst). Hij speelt nu een voortrekkersrol in Honduras. Hij is Directeur van het éérste hospitaal ooit, binnen de Hondurese Garifuna- gemeenschap in Honduras.

meer info : www.honduranmissions.com - http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2009/0706PELIGRAVIDADELUTHER.htm

en op facebook werd er een groep opgericht http://www.facebook.com/groups/edit.php?members&gid=100671241622#/group.php?gid=100671241622

 

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ACTION ALERT: DEMAND SAFETY FOR HONDURAN DOCTOR LUTHER CASTILLO

July 7, 2009-The life of Dr. Luther Castillo, indigenous Garifuna physician in Honduras, is in imminent danger. MEDICC has learned that the Honduran army has orders to capture Dr. Castillo, and if he resists, to shoot him. He was already included on a list of persons whose lives and personal integrity were declared "at risk" by a July 3rd communiqué from the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

We have been able to verify that Dr. Castillo's cellphone communications have been cut. The last conversation with him took place at approximately 2:30pm today, in which he reported on continued demonstrations demanding the return of elected President Manuel Zelaya, despite security forces' repression.

Just weeks ago, Dr. Castillo was named director of International Cooperation in the Honduran Foreign Ministry. Since 1999, he has directed the Luaga Hatuadi Waduheñu Foundation ("For the Health of our People" in Garifuna), dedicated to bringing vital health services to isolated indigenous coastal communities.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Call the White House and the State Department, urging the US government demand:
• safety for Dr. Castillo, his colleagues, and all persons protesting the coup,
• an end to the repression, and
• the unconditional return of constitutional President Manuel Zelaya
State Department: 202-647-4000 or 1-800-877-8339
White House: Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
State Department's Honduras Desk: 202-647-3482

More Background

After his 2005 graduation from the Latin American Medical School in Havana, Dr. Castillo returned to the Honduran coast, where he led construction of Honduras' first Garifuna Rural Hospital, now serving some 20,000 in the surrounding communities. The hospital opened in December 2007, just months after Dr. Castillo was named "Honduran Doctor of the Year" by Rotary International's Tegucigalpa chapter. "Thank you for inspiring me," said California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, speaking at the hospital's opening ceremony.

The hospital and its community health outreach are supported by a number of U.S. and other international organizations, including the Sacramento, California Central Labor Council, Global Links, The Birthing Project, and MEDICC. Several US medical schools also have cooperative arrangements with the Garifuna hospital, including Johns Hopkins, Emory, Charles Drew and University of California (SF).

Dr. Castillo is featured in ¡Salud! (www.saludthefilm.net), a documentary film that received the Council on Foundations Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media (USA). MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), www.medicc.org, is a US non-governmental organization working to enhance cooperation among the U.S., Cuban and global health communities aimed at better health outcomes.

MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), www.medicc.org, is a US non-governmental organization working to enhance cooperation among the U.S., Cuban and global health communities aimed at better health outcomes.