At the end of April 2012, two members of the Honduras Accompaniment Project received death threats by text message on their cell phones. The same messages were received by individuals accompanied by the Project, indicating that the threats are directly related to its human rights work.
The fact that international accompaniers are now the targets of such threats is yet another sign of the country’s worsening situation for human rights defenders, who have suffered a worrying increase in attacks in recent months – physical as well as verbal and psychological.
In the case of COFADEH, four different members of the team have been the victims of various forms of persecution since February, ranging from surveillance to physical attacks and threats, both direct and by phone.1 Furthermore, in just the first week of this month, a defender of indigenous rights and a journalist and gay rights activist have been murdered, both of them representing groups at greatest risk in Honduras.2
Download joint PROAH-COFADEH Urgent Action pdf: ACCION URGENTE – PROAH eng
2http://www.defensoresenlinea.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1984:policia-asesina-a-santos-dominguez-benitez-indigena-lenca-miembro-de-copinh&catid=54:den&Itemid=171 (in Spanish) and http://en.rsf.org/honduras-journalist-and-rights-activist-09-05-2012,42590.html