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Caribbean & Central America - September 2020

HONDURAS: A worsening situation for human rights defenders

At the end of July, the international NGO Global Witness published its annual report which found that killings of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Honduras rose from four in 2018 to 14 last year, making it the most dangerous country per capita for land and environmental defenders in 2019. The report, which also singles Honduras out as the country with the greatest percentage increase in lethal attacks against activists, comes as HRDs are warning that the risks that they face have been exacerbated by measures  imposed by the government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández to stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) which include the suspension of constitutional guarantees such as freedom of assembly.

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