Americas - HRD killing

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

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

Upheaval in Peru as president removed

On 9th November 2020, president Martín Vizcarra was removed from office by Peru’s Congress over corruption allegations. Lawmakers voted 105-19 in favour of Vizcarra’s impeachment on the basis of a controversial “moral incapacitation” clause in the country’s legislation, which is set to be evaluated by the Constitutional Court. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Upheaval in Peru as president removed

Tension in Haiti: protests, attacks against defenders and journalists

On 28th August 2020, Monferrier Dorval, a constitutional scholar and president of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association, was assassinated in his home in Haiti’s capital city. Read more

Tension in Haiti: protests, attacks against defenders and journalists

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

Judicial harassment of journalist and attacks against Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala

On 11th September 2020, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemned the murders of and attacks against Indigenous and land rights defenders and their allies. Read more

Judicial harassment of journalist and attacks against Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala

El Salvador’s Congress creates group to investigate harassment of the press using state funds

On 6th August 2020, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) published a statement condemning President Nayib Bukele and Salvadoran public officials’ threats against journalists and the press. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

El Salvador’s Congress creates group to investigate harassment of the press using state funds