Newsletter December 2023: Protecting through a holistic approach

To mark the recent International Human Rights Day, this December we are celebrating the transformative role and bravery of human rights defenders in Honduras. This newsletter contains information about our integrated accompaniment work with SOMOS CDC, Arcoíris LGTB Association of Honduras, CNTC, MADJ, COPINH and ARCAH.

For the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, we want to highlight the importante work of human rights defenders supported by PBI in Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya and Nicaragua. How did their journey as human rights defenders begin? What does their work mean to them? And which challenges do they face in their work?

Newsletter September 2023: Women defenders contributing to peace

This 21 September 2023, we commemorate the International Day of Peace with a newsletter to recognising and paying tribute to the many women defenders in Honduras. We would like to highlight their unwavering courage and dedication in persisting in their work of defending and seeking peace. This newsletter contains information about our work with Arcoíris LGTB Association of Honduras, SOMOS CDC, ASOPODEHU, CNTC, OFRANEH and COFADEH.

Three months after the inauguration of Xiomara Castro as the country's first female president, this document gathers the challenges and opportunities that the Honduran state, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council since January 2022, currently has with regards to defenders of land and territory, the LGTBI+ community, women and freedom of expression, among other issues. Some systematized conclusions based on our accompanying work and several spaces of dialogue and exchange with civil society representatives and organizations on different topics.

Human rights defenders speak out

In the project "Campaign of political incidence at the international level for the protection of human rights defenders from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras", presented by PBI Catalunya and financed by the Provincial Deputation of Barcelona (DIBA), the journalists Xavier Sulé and Marta Saiz are publishing a series of articles resulting from extensive conversations with human rights defenders accompanied by PBI in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Check here the articles published with stories of women defenders of the land, territories and the environment like Lilian Borja and Rosa Santamaría or Esdra Sosa, defender of the rights of the LGTBIQ+ community.

It is difficult to sum up everything that happened in Honduras and in Peace Brigades International (PBI) in 2019. However, the selection of articles published online, and now gathered in this document, gives an accurate idea of the priorities of our work and the philosophy of the PBI Honduras project throughout the year

In preparation of Honduras’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which take place in May 2020, PBI Honduras has written a report with testimonials which aims to highlight the specific risks and violence faced by women defenders of land, territory and the environment and demonstrate the need for a differentiated response by the Honduran State to protect them.




In this fifth edition of our bulletin, we would like to highlight some of the key human rights initiatives of Honduran social organisations, including the work of the feminist movement in relation to public policy reforms, and strategies developed by organisations, individuals and communities who defend human rights to confront the inappropriate use of the justice system to criminalise social protest and the defence of human rights.

In this fourth edition of the PBI Honduras Newsletter, we pay special tribute to the celebrated women human rights defenders who left us this year. In addition to the killing of Berta Cáceres, which leaves a huge void in Honduran civil society, the country has suffered the loss of historic women human rights defenders such as Gladys Lanza and Magdalena Morales.

Two years have already passed since the arrival of the first PBI team in Honduras and this is the third edition of our annual newsletter. In this edition we have compiled some issues related to human rights that have marked the year 2015.

We end 2014 with bleak figures for the human rights situation in Honduras. This makes the presence of the international community more important than ever to ensure respect for international human rights conventions.

After nearly a year since our accompaniment project was opened in this Central American country, we bring you this publication, as part of our international information work.

On the 8th and 9th June 2016, the second Periodic Review of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Honduras (CESCR) will take place in Geneva. PBI wish to contribute to the efforts of Honduran organisations as they alert the Committee and the international community to the lack of protection and the vulnerability of the defenders of those rights which are the object of the Honduras Review. Effective achievement of economic, social and cultural rights depends on the valiant contribution of civil society and HRDs.

On May 8, 2015 in Geneva, Honduras will be examined for the second time under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). For the first time, PBI has decided to offer recommendations for the UPR of Honduras, based on information gathered in the field and analysis shared with us by defenders. Individuals, communities and organisations who demand and defend their rights should be able to do so in a climate of freedom, respect and security.

An update on the situation of vulnerability and risks faced by human rights defenders within the context of the November 24 2013 elections.

Project Committee exploratory in situ visit, September 23 – October 7, 2012.

The mission lasted three weeks and took place during May 2011.