recent rape and murder of Viktoria Marinova, journalist covering EU corruption, is all too familiar to circumstances surrounding the killing of Brazil’s Marielle Franco. And similar yet to the murder of Berta Caceres, a well-known environmental and human rights activist killed her in her bedroom when unidentified assailants broke into the Honduran home.
24 women human rights defenders have been killed in recent years just in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Feminist Resistance and Resilience––A Reflection on Closing Civic Space. The report brings together the experiences of several dozen women human rights defenders (WHRDs), as well as LGBTI activists from across North America, Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Our report found WHRDs and LGBTI activists are facing increased censorship, surveillance, harassment, and threats from their governments, and are often the first to bear the brunt of violence.
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