June 2022: 209 aggressions against 54 women defenders.
- In June, transgender woman defender Camila Bolocco was murdered in Mexico.
- During this month, there was an increase in attacks against groups of women defenders and their organizations, representing 32% of the total (compared to 12% in the previous month).
- The highest number of attacks in June were reported against women defenders and organizations working for the right to truth, justice and reparation (21%); women’s rights (20%); journalists defending the right to freedom of expression and information (17%); and defenders of land, territory and natural resources (17%).
- Half of the attacks were carried out by public authorities at all government levels -local, state, federal-, followed by the police (17%). Other perpetrators are unknown persons frequently linked to digital aggressions.
At least 404 women defenders were assaulted during the first half of 2022.
- During the first semester of 2022 we have registered 1,897 attacks against 404 women defenders.
A growing aggression: the use of laws to limit or prevent the defense of human rights.
- Legal or administrative framework instrumentation in order to limit or obstruct the organizations’ and women defenders groups’ right of association, represented 1 out of every 3 of June’s aggressions. This includes the use of national security and international crimes’ legal frameworks linked to the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.
- Harassment (17%) continues to be among the main aggressions experienced by women defenders.
- Other relevant forms of aggression during this month include: surveillance, monitoring, harassment and individual and collective attacks on groups and defenders defending rights (11%) and the right to communication and information (6%).
June 2022 Alerts*.
- NICARAGUA / June’s escalation of cancellations affects 23 feminist and women’s rights organizations. 80 organizations have been illegally canceled since 2018.
- HONDURAS / National Police Agents surveille, harass and threaten compañeras from COPINH and National WHRDs’ Honduras Network.