Honduras

Violent attack on Indigenous peoples and surveillance of defenders demanding justice for Berta

On 10th May 2021, members of the San Francisco de Locomapa community, Yoro department, were violently attacked by individuals linked to the lumber industry and by the police. Indigenous peoples in the community have faced repeated attacks for their defence of their territories and the Tolupán forest against extractive activities. Read more

Violent attack on Indigenous peoples and surveillance of defenders demanding justice for Berta

Lenca leader killed and several defenders facing criminalisation in Honduras

On 16th March 2021, during its 46th session, the Human Rights Council adopted the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome for Honduras. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Lenca leader killed and several defenders facing criminalisation in Honduras

Justice for Keyla: nursing student’s suspected homicide sparks outrage in Honduras

In early February 2021, police forces in Honduras repressed protests for justice in the case of Keyla Martínez, a nursing student who died under police custody in La Esperanza, Intibucá. Read more

Justice for Keyla: nursing student’s suspected homicide sparks outrage in Honduras

Two environmental defenders killed in Honduras

On 24th November 2020, Laura Carolina Valentín Dolmo, a young Garífuna defender and member of the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH), was found dead in the river Danto in La Ceiba, in the northern Atlantida department. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Two environmental defenders killed in Honduras

Honduras: land rights defender Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo and journalist Luis Almendares killed

On 13th October 2020, land and water rights defender Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo was shot and killed in Tocoa, Colón department. Read more

Honduras: land rights defender Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo and journalist Luis Almendares killed

Honduran defenders at high risk: two defenders killed and five Garifuna leaders missing

On 10th July 2020, 22-year-old LGBTI+ rights defender Scarleth Cáceres was shot and killed in Tegucigalpa. Cáceres was a member of civil society organisation Asociación LGBT Arcoíris de Honduras, which defends sexual diversity rights. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduran defenders at high risk: two defenders killed and five Garifuna leaders missing

Honduras enacts new Criminal Code enabling criminalisation of protesters and journalists

On 25th June 2020, Honduras’ new Criminal Code entered into force despite warnings from civil society that some of its provisions threaten freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. As previously reported on the Monitor, human rights organisations have said that the code enables criminalisation of protests. Read more

Honduras enacts new Criminal Code enabling criminalisation of protesters and journalists

Honduras’ undue restrictions on expression and police abuse of emergency powers during COVID-19

On 10th March 2020, Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández declared a state of sanitary emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On 16th March 2020, another decree (PCM-021-2020) restricted several constitutional guarantees, including freedoms of expression, association, assembly, and movement. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras’ undue restrictions on expression and police abuse of emergency powers during COVID-19

Honduras’ new criminal code continues to concern human rights organisations

On 23rd February 2020, the offices of peasants’ organisation La Via Campesina were looted in Tegucigalpa. According to members of the organisation, a computer and some documents were stolen. Some office equipment and furniture were also damaged. Read more

Honduras’ new criminal code continues to concern human rights organisations

Three Honduran human rights defenders killed in one week

On 28th December 2019, Garífuna human rights defender Ignacia López Martínez was shot several times by unidentified attackers. She passed away on 11th January 2020 as a result of her severe injuries from this attack. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Three Honduran human rights defenders killed in one week