Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Six students were present this Wednesday at the Criminal Law Courts in the Honduran capital, accused of deprivation of liberty and usurpation by the authorities of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH).
The students had previously suspended their hearing on July 14, but today they appeared at this body accompanied by their relatives, human rights defenders and members of the Student Movement.
The defendants correspond to the names of Gloria Sarahí Mejia, Génesis Aracely Andino, Any Raquel Blanco, Karen Giselle Reyes, Tiffany Nicolle Zúniga and Tony José Barahona.
The hearing was held normally, despite the fact that due process was not respected at the hearing of the accused held on June 17, because the fiscal requirement for the detention of students was not authorized by the rector Julieta Castellanos, or another university authority. Added to this, none of the alleged victims who were deprived of liberty presented their complaint.
On the other hand, the university authorities, using the administrative process, sent a summons sheet for the defense or defense hearing to be held on August 4 at the Maximum House of Studies.
The form of accusation through the courts and using the administrative process of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) has become a constant strategy of criminalization of organized students. At this time, 20 students from Tegucigalpa and one from San Pedro Sula have similar processes.
For her part, Gloria Pacheco, mother of one of the students, demands “In the first instance that they stop criminalizing each student, because free expression is something of freedom at the University for the student”
The hearing will be monitored on August 9 to review the evidence from both parties.
Drafting. Nancy García / Photography: Carlos del Cid