[Urgent Alert] EL SALVADOR / In the electoral context of February 28th, the Salvadoran government must guarantee the right to freely and safely inform and defend human rights and must abstain from any expression whatsoever of hate and violence against women defenders and journalists.

This Sunday, February 28th, legislative and municipal elections are scheduled in El Salvador. They will take place in an alarming situation of political violence, governmental authoritarianism, and repetitive, systematic attacks, both physical and digital, against organizations and persons engaging in their rights to free speech, to inform and to defend human rights. In addition, we […]

27 February 2021

[Urgent Alert] MESOAMERICA / Stop the violence and hate speech against migrants! Regional governments must guarantee safe, humanitarian passage to the Migrant Caravan.

On Sunday, January 17th, the Guatemalan Army used violence, including a major tear gas attack, to obstruct the journey of a migrant caravan that set out from Honduras on January 15th. According to several different estimates, the caravan is made up of approximately 9,000 people, including many women, children, youth, and human rights defenders. Different […]

21 January 2021

Letter from mesoamerican women defenders to Marisela Escobedo

Dear Marisela, ten years after the brutal murder that took your life and left us without a human rights defender who knew how to go up against power, we write these lines to you with an aching heart and a renewed demand for justice for you and all mothers searching for their disappeared daughters, struggling […]

18 December 2020

[Urgent Alert] NICARAGUA / Police use force against protesters two years after the search, closure and confiscation of material from offices of human rights organizations and news media.

This Monday the National Police used force to repress a group of people who had come together outside the offices of the  Confidencial newspaper to express their opposition to the acts that took place two years ago, December 14, 2019, when the Police violently broke into and searched these offices as well as those of […]

16 December 2020

[Urgent Alert] NICARAGUA / The National Police, paramilitary groups, and local authorities intensify threats, harassment, and criminalization against human rights defenders, independent news media, activists, and opposition leaders.

Since the first of December, a number of defenders, activists, and journalists from independent news media have denounced police harassment and restriction of movement, including orders to refrain from leaving their homes, backed up with the establishment of police squads carrying arms of war (AK47).  There are also reports of the reception by women defenders […]

10 December 2020