An International Observation Mission on the human rights situation in Bajo Aguán visited Honduras from 26 February to 4 March 2011. The six networks and human rights organizations conducted the Mission in order to evaluate and make visible the human rights situation in this region, as a special case of repression, defenselessness and impunity that continues to dominate this country´s reality. [Find the link to the Mission report below.]
Since the coup d`état on 28 July 2009, several missions and reports by national and international human rights bodies and organizations have documented systematic and grave human rights violations in Honduras.
During 2010 and 2011, the human rights situation in the country continued to be critical. The focus of the international community has mainly been on attacks and murders of journalists, with the result that the country has been classified as one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world. Cases of assassination, repression and harassment of opposition activists have also been documented and reported, as well as the firing of and reprisals against judges and magistrates who oppose the coup d`état. The human rights situation has been characterized by a prolonged state of defenselessness and impunity that has been exacerbated and reinforced by the coup d`état. This has particularly affected social leaders, peasants, participants of the resistance, teachers, journalists, and persons defending democracy and human rights.
In this context, one of the regions most affected by tension and repression has been the Bajo Aguán Valley. Peasant movements in this area, who fight for access to land in order to exercise their right to feed themselves, are faced with a situation of permanent harassment and abuse by public security forces, as well as by members of private security companies. Between January 2010 and March 2011, 25 deaths have been registered relating to conflicts over land in Bajo Aguán: 23 peasants, a journalist and his partner.
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