This case is about the harassment and judicial persecution of the leader of an organization of indigenous peoples in Honduras whose land was encroached upon and seized by foreign investors. Mr. Alfredo López Álvarez was a member of a Honduran Garifuna community. He was arrested for drug possession and illegal trafficking on April 27, 1997 and was acquitted of the charges in January of 2003, but remained in custody until August 2003. The State of Honduras was found to have violated the American Convention on Human Rights in the treatment of Mr. López Álvarez.
Case Summary: López Álvarez v. Honduras, Case Summary