On Saturday afternoon, May 4, Francia Márquez, an eminent Afrodescendant human rights defender in Colombia, was subjected to an attempt on her life in the rural town of Santander de Quilichao in the northern part of the Cauca region Francia Márquez was with other community leaders when several armed men burst into the place where […]

7 May 2019

Stand in solidaity with Nana Mwafrika Mbarikiwa, Ugandan #WHRD

On 24 April 2019 Nana Mwafrika Mbarikiwa, Ugandan woman human rights defender was hospitalized as a result of a violent assault by a group of police officers in Naguru, Kampala District, Uganda. The human rights defender, who is seven months pregnant, was attacked while she was trying to obtain permission to organize a peaceful protest […]

3 May 2019

NASRIN SOTOUDEH: We demand her release!

Nasrin Sotoudeh is an outstandian Iranian human rights attorney. She has been condemned to spend 38 years in prison and and to receive 148 lashes due to the work she does in defense of women’s rights and against legislation in Iran to compel use of the hijab. We of IM-Defensoras condemn her criminalization and join […]

15 March 2019

We congratulate the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico, winner of Faces for Equality Award

We congratulate our sisters in the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico for winning recognition as women human rights leaders through a Faces for Equality Award granted by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Relations through Canada’s Embassy in Mexico, and we particularly congratulate women defenders Isela González, of the Sierra Madre Alliance, […]

14 March 2019

GOOD NEWS! Freedom and definitive acquittal for Lourdes Gómez and all other defenders of common assets in Guapinol

On Monday, March 4, the judge with national jurisdiction who was responsible for the criminalization of Lourdes Gómez and 11 other defenders of the commonly held goods in Guapinol, decreed their release and definitive acquittal due to the fact that neither the Prosecuting Attorney nor private parties had presented evidence of the participation of the […]

7 March 2019