Secretary General Calls on Honduras to Protect Human Rights Defenders

March 21, 2016

Secretary General Maria Leissner issued the following statement in support of human-rights defenders in Honduras.

"I join the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, in urging the Government of Honduras to take immediate and concrete actions regarding the recent attacks committed on human rights defenders in the country.
There is a need to guarantee independent and impartial investigations into the deaths of human rights defenders, bringing the perpetrators to justice to ensure these crimes do not go unpunished. Solutions must be sought to reduce the levels of violence in the country and guarantee human rights defenders are protected and have a safe and enabling environment to work in."

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