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Ángel Amílcar Colón

Angel300Ángel Amílcar Colon Quevedo is a Garífuna indigenous man from Honduras.

He is a human rights defender who has worked in organizations such as the Honduran Women and Family Association and the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH).

On January 7th, 2009 he had to leave Honduras, leaving behind his partner and two children, in order to seek funds to help his family pay for medical care for his eldest son, who had been diagnosed with cancer.

After passing through Guatemala he was abandoned in Tabasco state (Mexico) by the “coyote” he had paid to help him migrate north. He had to ride in the refrigerated back of a truck for 34 hours along with 119 other people to reach Mexico City; from there, he traveled for two months to get to Tijuana, Baja California state, where another “coyote” promised to help him cross the border into the United States but instead took him to a house, where he was threatened and ordered to stay in a room and ask no questions.

Four days later, various police forces broke into the house in a joint operation. Ángel, hearing gunshots and fearing for his life, hid in the bathroom and then ran out of the house, but was grabbed and arrested along with 10 other people on charges of organized crime, possession of firearms and drug crimes.

Ángel was not in possession of any weapons and there was no evidence linking him to any drug crimes. He was tortured for hours by soldiers and federal police before being handed over to the public prosecutor; he was subsequently taken to a military base where he was coerced into giving a statement, without respect for his right to consular assistance.

Ángel was imprisoned in Tepic, Nayarit for more than five years. During this time, his son died of cancer. He was named a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International, due to the fact that his arbitrary detention, torture, and criminal case were permeated by racism. He was released on October 16, 2014, after the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) dropped charges against him; although this was not the end of the bitter experience he had in our country, as the National Migration Institute arbitrarily retained him for several hours in their facilities before letting him go.

Currently, Angel is back in Honduras, where he expects the support promised by the National Human Rights Commission of his country. He continues to fight for justice and reparations for his torture and arbitrary imprisonment.

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