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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.