Closed - COFADEH: Activists threatened
COFADEH members and their families remain at risk, but we continue to stand with them in demanding the full implementation of the protection measures ordered by the Inter-American Court. Thank you to everybody who took action and joined us in this call - your voices help to raise ours.
An amazing number of you also took the time to send messages of support to members of COFADEH. We know how much these messages mean, because they have told us so:
'When we receive cards from Amnesty International activists it makes us feel so happy, and we read them one by one…We read them with love, because we know they were made with love for us. And they mean recognition for our work. That is a big source of satisfaction for us as human rights defenders.' - Kenia Oliva, COFADEH member. Read more on our blog
At the start of 2012 Dina Meza, who works for the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH), received a series of threats of sexual violence. Berta Olivia (pictured) received a phone call in which she was played a recording of a call she had made seconds earlier. Another colleague was attacked as she arrived at the office.
COFADEH is one of Honduras’s main human rights organisations. The Inter-American court called on the Honduran authorities to protect members of COFADEH and their families. However the authorities have only partly complied with protective measures it ordered.
COFADEH members and their families remain vulnerable to attack and those that commit these crimes are rarely punished.