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Date of Incident: November 12, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Institution(s):National Autonomous University of Honduras

Region & Country:Americas | Honduras

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On November 12, 2022, student protesters at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) interrupted a meeting of the university council, injuring a university employee, expelling the university’s rector, and reportedly causing damage to university facilities.

The students had gathered to protest the election of the University Management Board, and to publicly register their disagreement with the leadership of the university’s rector, Francisco Herrera. The students reportedly engaged in violent or destructive behavior in the course of the protest, injuring one university employee and forcing Herrera out of the building.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent actions during the course of a student protest. While students have the right to gather publicly and engage in protest activity, those rights must be exercised responsibly, and in a nonviolent manner. In addition to the harm to individuals and facilities, violent or destructive activities in the course of a protest erodes academic freedom and democratic society generally.

Sources:

https://tiempo.hn/danos-protesta-estudiantes-unah/ 

https://hondudiario.com/nacionales/estudiantes-agreden-a-rector-de-la-unah-y-consejo-universitario-suspende-sesion/

El 12 de noviembre de 2022, manifestantes estudiantiles de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH) interrumpieron una reunión del consejo universitario, hiriendo a un empleado de la universidad, expulsando al rector de la universidad y, según los informes, causando daños a las instalaciones universitarias.
Los estudiantes se habían reunido para protestar por la elección de la Junta Directiva de la Universidad y para manifestar públicamente su desacuerdo con el liderazgo del rector de la universidad, Francisco Herrera. Al parecer, los estudiantes tuvieron un comportamiento violento o destructivo en el transcurso de la protesta, hirieron a un empleado de la universidad y obligaron a Herrera a abandonar el edificio.

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Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a member of the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA), and partners with CAFA on Americas-focused monitoring activities. Relevant incidents, with factual details translated into Spanish, appear on both SAR and CAFA websites.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) es una institución que integra la Coalición por la Libertad Académica en las Américas (CLAA). SAR trabaja junto con la CLAA en el monitoreo de situaciones en las Américas. Los incidentes relevantes que reportamos, con descripción de hechos detallados en español, aparecen tanto en los portales de SAR como de la CLAA.