PBI Honduras has released an alert regarding the alarming escalation of violence against Human Rights Defenders since the presidential elections held on 26 November. The elections saw President Juan Orlando Hernández returned to power in a process marred by irregularities, sparking country-wide protests calling for electoral transparency. In response, on 1 December, the Honduran Government declared a state of exception and issued a decree suspending constitutional guarantees. One month later, social organisations have registered 30 killings (21 of these attributed to the military police), 232 people injured and 1085 arrests.

From 19 November 2017 to 21 January 2018, PBI Honduras has registered 35 incidents suffered by human rights defenders, communicators and journalists. The majority of these attacks are related to the excessive use of force by state security forces during protests.

The violence takes place in the context of increasing militarisation, repressive legislation and controversial constitutional changes since the coup in 2009. The United Nations, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the National Commission on Human Rights have called on the State of Honduras to guarantee the right to peaceful protest, as well as all fundamental human rights.

The full alert can be read here.

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