Security & Strategic Review - March 2023

HONDURAS: Wave of activist killings piles fresh pressure on Castro

At least eight human rights defenders (HRDs) have been killed since the start of the year in northern Honduras, in the Bajo Aguán Valley, the site of long-running conflicts between peasant farmers and large landowners. This is already nearing the total of 12 HRDs killed last year. The murders, which have drawn alarm from the likes of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), European Union and US, are subjecting the leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) government led by President Xiomara Castro to fresh criticism of failing to deliver on a key human rights priority since taking office in late January 2022.

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