Nora Melara and the Human Rights Monument in Ghent, Belgium


“You were right, this is very painful; but I know this is necessary pain.

 Eduardo’s story needs to be heard and never forgotten.  It is sad to

 know that somewhere in the world, someone is facing torture right now”

Nora Melara de López 





Nora Melara, the widow of Jose Lopez, was in Belgium at the initiative of the Amnesty International Group in Ghent. 

Local Group 160 in Ghent has been working on the Lopez case for several years. In 1993, Nora came to Ghent, partly in order to take part in the first chrysanthemum march - a march through the city centre which is held every 1 November in memory of the disappeared. In many countries, governments use disappearance as a means of eliminating opponents. For the family and friends of the disappeared, this means a lifelong sense of loss, while nothing remains of the person concerned: no memorial or grave. Amnesty wishes to prevent a repetition of such events in Honduras by campaigning for those responsible for the disappearances to be brought to trial. 

Local Group 160 has responded to Nora's wish that there should be a memorial to José and his many fellow victims somewhere. Three years on, her wish has been fulfilled. On 1 November 1996 the monument to the disappeared was inaugurated at the Gravensteen in Ghent. Nora was there once again, this time accompanied by José Lopez's three children. These were difficult days for her, but the knowledge that somewhere in the world there is a monument to her husband and that in Honduras attempts are now being made to put the country's unsavoury past behind it and bring the culprits to trial will surely afford some consolation.



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