Honduras is one of the deadliest countries in the world to be an LGBTI+ human rights defender.
Arcoíris is an organisation working with the LGBTI community in Honduras. Members of the Association have been the victims of surveillance, harassment, detentions, assaults, robberies and thefts, threats, sexual violence and even murder; attacks which aim to destabilise the organization. From June 2015 to March 2016, six members of Arcoíris were killed in Honduras. Despite the risks they face, Arcoíris is committed to empowering, informing and challenging discrimination and stigmatisation against the LGBTI community in Honduras. They provide life-saving support for LGBTI activists giving them a safe space away from aggression and discrimination, carrying out research and offering workshops.
As a result of the risks Arcoíris face PBI has been providing an international presence to members of the association. This involves providing international observation during public activities, security workshops and presence at regional activities. PBI provides protective accompaniment to Arcoíris and is committed to continuing our support for LGBTI communities in some of the most dangerous countries around the world. In 2019, we conducted a series of interviews with its members, which you can watch in the latest short film by Manu Valcarce: SOMOS.
The film is part of our broader campaign, Right to Defend: Portraits of Resilience, Hope and Solidarity.