Protection International has accompanied the Honduran civil society initiatives aimed at establishing a legal framework on the protection of human rights defenders -HRDs- in the country, due to the high risk that HRDs are facing as a result of their daily work. On May 15th the new “Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, Social Communicators and Justice System Operators’ Protection Law” was enacted.
Following the publication of the Law on Protection, PI and the Center for Justice and International Law -CEJIL- carried out a detailed analysis of the law that has been shared with different stakeholders from the Honduran government and civil society. The document includes observations and recommendations that we consider necessary for the preparation of the regulation which implements the law and which, according to the law, should be issued on August 15th.
We understand that the success of the law depends not only on the appropriate development of its protocols and a transparent management of the implementation of a public policy aimed to prevent assaults against at-risk HRDs and to protect their rights, but also on the active participation of civil society at all stages, from the preparation of the protocols until the monitoring of the activities carried out by the governmental institutions in compliance with the law.
Taking into account the above considerations, PI and CEJIL put at your disposal the attached document with the analysis of the law, which intends to be an input toward the development and adoption of the regulation of the law.