[WHRD Alert] HONDURAS / Assassination of Soraya Álvarez Portillo, Trans Defender and Member of Rainbow Dolls Collective

On Friday September 22nd, the body of Soraya Álvarez was found near the Choluteca River when nearby police agents identified a man who was about to throw the defender’s body into the river. The National Police captured the man on the First Avenue of Comayagüela. Soraya Álvarez Portillo, a 32-year-old member of the Trans collective, […]

4 October 2023

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Claudia González —attorney, human rights defender and former CICIG representative— criminalized and imprisoned for struggling against corruption

On August 28th, Claudia González, an attorney, human rights defender, and former spokesperson of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), was arrested and held in pre-trial detention.  Three weeks later, on Friday, September 22nd, after a long, unjustifiable, and illegal delay in holding her first public hearing, the judge issued a decree linking […]

26 September 2023

[WHRD Alert] HONDURAS / Siege and threats against the life of Miriam Miranda, OFRANEH coordinator and Garifuna defender.

In the early morning of September 19, at least four unknown and heavily armed men entered the community of Vallecito, Colón, surrounding the house of Miriam Miranda, Garífuna defender and OFRANEH Coordinator. Members of Miriam’s security team demanded the strangers to identify themselves, but they fled the scene. However, the security forces were able to […]

20 September 2023

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Attorney General and head of Public Prosecutor’s Office, Consuelo Porras, singles out and seeks to criminalize journalists and rights defenders who question her work in social media.

Last August 24th, Consuelo Porras, the Attorney General of Guatemala and head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, submitted a protective writ to the Constitutional Court asking that it “adopt preventive measures to safeguard the Independence of the Office.” She alleged that “this has been violated through the use of different social networks by persons who […]

1 September 2023

[WHRD Alert] MEXICO / Searching defender Catalina Vargas, who has been disappeared since July 17th in León, Guanajuato, was found alive.

[UPDATE] The United for the Disappeared Collective reported that defender Catalina Vargas was found alive at noon on Monday, July 24. Last Monday, July 17, 2023, rights defender Catalina Vargas was disappeared after communicating with her sons and daughters. She told them that she was arriving at her residence in the Presidents of Mexico neighborhood […]

25 July 2023