Statements

[PRONOUNCEMENT] COVID-19: In the midst of this crisis, it is urgent to halt authoritarianism and defend life, care, rights and human dignity.

Mesoamerica, March 20, 2020 – For the last few days, our embraces have become words of encouragement that fade into the distance. Uncertainty and distress mar the lives of people in situations of confinement and the lives of those who can’t afford the luxury of seeking refuge because poverty and injustice are epidemics that have […]

26 March 2020

[PRESS RELEASE] Attacks against women defenders on the rise: another huge Mesoamerican epidemic

Attacks against women human rights defenders doubled in 2017-2018 as compared to 2015-2016. The data comes from the registry system of the Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders, the only system as of now that documents attacks against women defenders in the region. Preliminary data from the report by the Mesoamerican Initiative of Women […]

5 March 2020

We condemn the political repression against the Ayotzinapa mothers in the state of Chiapas

In an Open Letter sent on February 18, the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico and IM-Defensoras expressed our concern and indignation over the brutal attack by Chiapas State Security forces on Sunday, February 16, against parents of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa and students of the Mactumatza Rural Teacher Training […]

28 February 2020

Human rights organizations back OHCHR report on highly serious human rights violations in Honduras.

In a public statement issued last February 14, a group of national and international organizations monitoring the human rights situation in Honduras, voiced our support for the report entitled Responsibility for human rights violations committed during 2017 elections in Honduras: Advances and Challenges, which was presented last January 22 by the Honduran Office of the […]

National and international organizations condemn the passage of the NGO Law and urge a presidential veto in order to guarantee basic rights.

On February 13, some 59 national and international organizations issued a statement rejecting the approval of Decree No. 04-2020, which introduces reforms to the Non-Governmental Organizations for Development Law (Decree 2-2003), popularly known as the NGO Law, and to the Civil Code (Decree 106). The reforms, which were surreptitiously passed on February 11, in the […]