Nicaraguan authorities’ repression of activists, human rights defenders, and journalists intensifies

The signatories of this letter denounce the repression of activists and those perceived as opponents of the Nicaraguan government at the hands of state agents during the celebration of Nicaragua’s Independence Day. Nicaraguan organizations recorded human rights violations carried out with a clear intent to intimidate those who oppose the current government’s policies. During the […]

18 September 2020

[Urgent Alert] NICARAGUA / Intensification of attacks against women activists and human rights defenders during national celebrations in September

Since the first of September until Sunday, September 13, approximately 145 attacks against women activists and human rights defenders have been reported in the context of the national celebrations.  Harassment (46) and restriction of the freedom of movement (33) continue to be the most frequent types of attack this month, followed by warnings and threats […]

17 September 2020

[Urgent Alert] GUATEMALA / Without evidence or appearance of the accusing party, the defender María Cuc Choc was sent to trial, criminalized for defending the lands.

This Friday, September 11, the judge has decided to send to trial the defender María Cuc Choc, criminalized for defending the lands since January 2018 when she was arbitrarily detained and accused of the crimes of illicit association, aggravated usurpation and threats. This judicial decision has been taken after more than 2 years of arbitrarily […]

[Urgent Alert] MEXICO / Statements by the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, stigmatize and put human rights defenders and organizations at risk.

Last Friday, August 28th, during his morning conference, the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, made some statements that provoke delegitimization and stigmatization, and may lead to the criminalization of independent media and human rights organizations that have denounced the human rights and environmental violations of the extractivist model and, more specifically, those […]

3 September 2020
Katherin Cruz

[WHRD Alert] HONDURAS / Military forces unjustifiably retain woman defender

Activity Defense of human rights. Member of National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras. THE FACTS – On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, a group of State Security Forces – most of whom were military agents—illegally retained Katherin Cruz at a checkpoint on the Tegucigalpa Loop; Katherine belongs to the National Network of Women […]

21 August 2020