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Protests against tax reform lead thousands to the streets in Colombia, face brutal police repression

Since 28th April 2021, nationwide protests sparked by a proposed tax reform have been brutally repressed by Colombian law enforcement. Mobilisation has continued after nearly three weeks, with protests growing to encompass multiple grievances and demands for social justice. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protests against tax reform lead thousands to the streets in Colombia, face brutal police repression

Dictatorship-era National Security Law used to intimidate critics in Brazil

On 29th April 2021, Brazil became the second country to surpass 400,000 coronavirus deaths, according to data by Johns Hopkins University. In April 2021 alone, the country lost nearly 85,000 lives – the deadliest month yet of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more  |  Read in Portuguese

Dictatorship-era National Security Law used to intimidate critics in Brazil

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

Journalists and human rights defenders in Guatemala face attacks and smear campaigns

Nos Duelen 56 reported the murder of María Elizabeth Ramírez, a mother who had sought justice for her daughter and other 40 girls who died in a fire at government-run home Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, in circumstances that involved alleged inhuman treatment. Read more

Journalists and human rights defenders in Guatemala face attacks and smear campaigns

Three defenders killed as attacks on Indigenous communities increase in the Peruvian Amazon

Within a month, three Indigenous leaders were killed in the Peruvian Amazon. On 14th February 2021, Katacaibo Indigenous defender Yenes Ríos Bonsano of the Puerto Nuevo community was found dead with gunshot wounds. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Three defenders killed as attacks on Indigenous communities increase in the Peruvian Amazon

An environmental defender and a communicator killed in Ecuador in early 2021

The first round of Ecuador’s presidential election was held on 7th February 2021. Andrés Arauz, economist and candidate of the Union for Hope Alliance (UNES), emerged as the front runner. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

An environmental defender and a communicator killed in Ecuador in early 2021

A deadly January in Colombia

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) warned that January 2021 had been the most violent start to a year since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian State in 2016. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

A deadly January in Colombia

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

Closing civic space in Brazil: censorship, harassment and attacks on journalists and activists

In November 2020, Brazil held countrywide local elections to elect city councillors and mayors. Politically-motivated attacks and assassinations increased by nearly 200 percent in 2020 in comparison to previous years. Read more

Closing civic space in Brazil: censorship, harassment and attacks on journalists and activists

Mass protests against reduced budget for social policies in Guatemala

On 20th November 2020, civil society organisation Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos (UDEFEGUA) published a report on the situation of human rights defenders in Guatemala between January and September 2020. Read more

Mass protests against reduced budget for social policies in Guatemala