Urgent Action: Water Defenders at Risk of Detention (Honduras: UA 133.20)August 26, 2020
On 13 August a Court of Appeals revoked dismissals of Juan López, Carlos Leonel, Reinaldo Domínguez, José Cedillo and Marco Ramos, defenders belonging to the Municipal Committee for the Defense of Common and Public Assets, facing trial for defending the rivers in Tocoa (North). They risk being detained before their trial in overcrowded prisons that do not meet adequate sanitary conditions to avoid the propagation of COVID-19. Eight other defenders from the Committee have been in pretrial detention for almost a year. We call on the authorities to free the 13 defenders and allow them to face trial in liberty.