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Proposed Law Would Gag Government Critics

(New York) – A bill before the Honduran Congress would severely harm free speech by compelling companies providing internet services to censor content, Human Rights Watch said today. Congress should reject the bill, which was approved during an initial…
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Regional Body had Ordered Protection for Peasant Leaders

(New York) – Honduran authorities should carry out a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the killing of two land rights activists of the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA), Human Rights Watch said today. The government should take…
Indigenous people hold posters with a photograph of slain environmental rights activist Berta Caceres while sitting in front of riot policemen during a protest to demand justice in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 17, 2016.
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Financial Crisis Threatens Basic Protections


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A protester holds up a sign next to relatives of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos during a march in Mexico City
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Major Obstacles for Central American Asylum Seekers

 
 
 Mexico City – Central American children fleeing serious threats face formidable obstacles in applying for asylum in Mexico, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today…
A 12-year-old Salvadoran boy rests as he waits to be deported, at the National Immigration Institute, in Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico on August 19, 2010. ©2010 Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images
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Had Reported Being Followed and Threatened

(Washington, DC) – Honduras should ensure that its investigation into the killing of the indigenous leader and environmental-rights activist Berta Cáceres is exhaustive and unbiased, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Serious Flaws in Border Screening of Fleeing Central Americans

(San Pedro Sula) – The US government’s rapid-fire screening of unauthorized migrants at the border is sending Central Americans back to the risk of serious harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. 
 
 The 44-page report, “‘You Don…
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Transparent Investigations Critical to Victims’ Families

(Washington, DC) – The decision by Honduras’s Attorney General’s Office to create a special unit to investigate killings allegedly linked to land disputes in the Bajo Aguán region is an important step toward tackling widespread impunity there, Human…
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Transparent, Objective Election Process Needed

(Washington, DC) – The Honduran Congress should conduct a transparent, impartial, and participatory process for electing the country’s next human rights ombudsman, Human Rights Watch said today. A new ombudsman must be chosen by March 14, 2014, when the…
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Government Inaction Feeds Impunity in Bajo Aguán

(Tegucigalpa) – Honduran authorities have failed to investigate properly a wave of killings and other abuses believed to be tied to land disputes in the Bajo Aguán region, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
 
 The 72-page report…
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Ombudsman Finds Honduras Palm Oil Investment Violates Key Policies

(Washington, DC) – A report made public on January 10, 2014, by a World Bank Group ombudsman reinforces the need for proper oversight of its investments around the world, Human Rights Watch said today. The review concerned an investment in a company that…
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Government Should Repudiate Colonel’s Claims

(Washington, DC) – The Honduran government is putting human rights activists at risk by failing to repudiate dangerous remarks by a senior military officer, Human Rights Watch said today. An army colonel recently claimed that Annie Bird, co-director of…
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Protect Right to Express Views on Rights, Elections

(New York) – Honduran government officials should publicly repudiate recent criticism of two leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Human Rights Watch said today. The officials should protect the right to speak out about human rights abuses and…
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Killers of Antonio Trejo Should Be Brought to Justice

Authorities in Honduras should ensure a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into the killing of attorney Antonio Trejo Cabrera, Human Rights Watch said today. Trejo, a lawyer who advocated for peasant land rights and publicly opposed the…
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Counternarcotics Operations Should Abide by Standards on Use of Force

(Washington, DC) – Honduran and US authorities should ensure a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation of the alleged killing of four civilians and wounding of four others during a joint counternarcotics operation in the Mosquitia region of Honduras…
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Hundreds of Inmates Killed, Dozens Injured in Fire

(Washington, DC) – Honduras should urgently overhaul its prison system to end overcrowding and improve prison conditions, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 14, 2012, over 300 inmates were killed and dozens were injured during a fire in the Granja…