Honduran lawyer Dionisio Díaz Garcia was murdered on December 4, 2006 in
Tegucigalpa, Hondura's capital. He was the main labour lawyer for the
association working in the Labour Rights for Vulnerable Populations program. On
December 4, 2006 he was driving to the Supreme Court and was shot dead by masked
men on a motorcycle. They shot him in the head and the chest at close range.
With inspectors from the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Díaz Garcia had carried out
an inspection of the areas where the security guards worked and found that
labour rights were regularly violated. During and after the inspection, Mr.
Garcia became the subject of threats and harassment. The threats and harassment
were reported to President Zelay, the Attorney General, the Attorney General's
Special Human Rights Office and the National Human Rights Commission but the
authorities did not take any action.
The General Bureau for Criminal Investigations did not act on his reports but
did act on a report filed by Service & Seguridad Técnica de Honduras, which
claimed that Mr. Díaz Garcia had stolen the disappeared vehicle. Similarly, the
Office of the Public Prosecutor ignored Mr. Díaz Garcia's report but took legal
action against him based on the report of the Service & Seguridad Técnica de
Honduras. On December 4, 2006 Mr. Díaz Garcia was murdered.
In February 2007, the Law Society sent letters of intervention to Honduras