#WHRDAlert HONDURAS / Criminalization and infringement of the freedom of expression of retired Police Commissioner María Luisa Borjas

María Luisa Borjas

The right to truth and justice

Attacks experienced
Criminalization, judicial prosecution, attempt against freedom of expression

THE FACTS – In 2017, retired Police Commissioner María Luisa Borjas, filed a report with the National Human Rights Commission in Honduras (CONADEH), requesting the disclosure by the Public Prosecutor of the fiscal requirements of persons responsible for several murders.

As a result, one of the persons mentioned in the report filed a complaint against María Luisa Borjas, thereby beginning a process of criminalization against her that led to a Court ruling on Tuesday, January 29, in which she was found guilty of “crimes against honor.”

It is important to note that the complainant is a member of the Atala family, one of the most powerful in the country, related to the DESA company and the political feminicide of Berta Cáceres.

According to information provided by C-Libre, since the year 2003, 43 criminal proceedings have been brought against journalists and human rights defenders for crimes against honor, related to the dissemination of information of public interest.

We of IM-Defensoras and the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras denounce the criminalization of María Luisa Borjas, which entails the infringement of her freedom of expression and the right to seek justice and combat impunity.

Likewise, we condemn the systematic persecution of persons who exercise the right to freedom of expression in Honduras, by those who use power to silence women human rights defenders and consolidate the prevailing impunity in the country.

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