29 November 2013
COFADEH; Human rights defenders under threat

From left to right: Bertha Oliva, Karol Cárdenas and Nohemí Pérez

The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) is one of the country’s main human rights organizations. Its work includes seeking justice for current human rights abuses by the security forces and for “disappearances” in the 1980s, and training local human rights activists. Their brave work places them at great risk.

In recent years, members of COFADEH have suffered intimidation, surveillance, threats and attacks. One woman staff member received anonymous text messages threatening her with sexual violence, and was photographed by unknown men while walking with her children. Another woman COFADEH member received a text message saying “Rest in Peace”.

Despite the danger, COFADEH continues its crucial work. Their emblem of a white dove symbolizes their commitment to peace and human rights and their determination to never give up. Director Bertha Oliva says:  “Even though they want to cut off our wings, they won't be able to.”

Find out more about this year's #WriteForRights campaign and the other cases featured here.

Take action to support human rights defenders in Honduras, write to the Presiden-elect of Honduras

Dear President,

I'm writing to ask you to publicly recognize and endorse the important and legitimate work carried out by COFADEH and other human rights defenders in Honduras.

I urge you to pledge your support for them and to condemn all attacks against them.


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