[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 […]

IACHR grants expanded precautionary measures to 17 women human rights defenders in Nicaragua

CEJIL, IM-Defensoras, December 31, 2019. Last December 31, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) decided to broaden the precautionary measures for seventeen women human rights defenders in Nicaragua in recognition of their risk situation, urging the Nicaraguan government to protect their lives and integrity and those of their families. In its resolution, the Commission […]

3 February 2020