[WHRD Alert] MEXICO / Journalist María del Refugio Martínez Guardado stigmatized and criminalized in Aguascalientes

The journalist María del Refugio Martínez Guardado, Director of the digital media, Péndulo Informativo, is facing criminal charges, harassment and attacks by  Rodolfo “N”, who presumably acts with the support of the Attorney General of the state of Aguascalientes. In 2021, María Martínez presented four complaints against Rodolfo “N” for the crimes of sexual and […]

30 November 2022

[WHRD Alert] MEXICO / Defender Maricela Sánchez Muñoz stigmatized and revictimized in Aguascalientes

Maricela Sánchez Muñoz, who defends the rights of women prisoners and torture survivors, faces a criminalization campaign promoted by Rodolfo ”N”, who has publicly accused her of being part of The Office crime cell in Aguascalientes. Rodolfo “N” is owner of the business, Center News Agency, and Director of the site, The Truth of the […]

29 November 2022

[WHRD Alert] MEXICO / Assailants in Guanajuato shoot and kill defender and searching mother Carmela Vázquez, of the Disappeared Persons in Pénjamo Collective

On Sunday, November 6, the searching defender María Carmela Vázquez Ramírez was assassinated in Abasolo, Guanajuato. Carmela Vázquez belonged to the Disappeared Persons in Pénjamo Collective and was searching for her 21-year-old son Óscar Zuñiga Vázquez, who was forcibly disappeared on June 14 of this year. According to information published in local media, the defender […]

15 November 2022

[WHRD Alert] NICARAGUA / Municipal electoral farce gives way to heightened climate of fear, external territorial control, and attacks against women defenders and communities.

Last Sunday, November 6, in a context of territorial repression and systematic attacks on the fundamental rights of the people of Nicaragua, municipal elections were held throughout the country. Like the November 21 presidential elections, they constituted an electoral farce absolutely lacking in legitimacy or compliance with international standards of transparency, and instead were aimed […]

10 November 2022

[WHRD Alert] HONDURAS / Garifuna defenders criminalized after being arrested in violent, illegal eviction in Punta Gorda, Roatán

On Monday November 7 at noon, officials of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and a heavily armed military-police contingent with an alleged eviction order broke into the encampment of the Punta Gorda Garifuna community, a group engaged in a legitimate process of the recovery of their ancestral lands on Roatán Island.  Security forces violently attacked and […]