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Honduras: Amenaza de criminalización contra el abogado Mario Portillo en Intibucá


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21 de junio de 2019

El Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos, programa conjunto de la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT) y de la FIDH, solicita su intervención urgente ante la siguiente situación en Honduras.

Descripción de la situación

El Observatorio ha recibido información del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH) sobre la criminalización y amenaza contra la libertad del abogado defensor de derechos humanos Sr. Mario Amilcar Portillo Contreras en la ciudad de la Esperanza, departamento de Intibucá en Honduras.

Según la información recibida, el 20 de junio de 2019, el Sr. Mario Portillo, en ejercicio de su profesión, actuó en la defensa de un menor de edad y otras tres personas que habían sido detenidas en el desarrollo de una protesta social en la ciudad de la Esperanza y quienes fueron objeto de tratos inhumanos y degradantes. Unas horas más tarde las tres personas fueron liberadas y el Sr. Mario Portillo firmó ante la Policía un documento en calidad de representante.

No obstante, la detención de estas cuatro personas produjo el rechazo de los manifestantes, quienes llegaron hasta la delegación policial a reclamar su liberación. Esta protesta fue dispersada por la Policía a la fuerza, mediante el uso de gases lacrimógenos y se produjeron serios disturbios. En ese contexto tres personas más fueron detenidas.

Durante los disturbios la Policía solicitó al defensor Mario Portillo su mediación para calmar los ánimos de los manifestantes a lo que él accedió. La situación retornó a la normalidad y, posteriormente, las otras tres personas detenidas fueron liberadas y entregadas a una comisión que había sido nombrada por parte de la comunidad para recibirlos.

Según las mismas informaciones, las autoridades departamentales de Intibucá, civiles, policiales y militares habrían decidido presentar cargos contra el abogado defensor responsabilizándolo de ser el coordinador de las protestas y de los daños ocasionados durante los disturbios ocurridos. Su captura podría producirse en las próximas horas.




Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: January 24, 2020 PAKISTAN

June 13, 2019

Latest news from Brussels  :

Following  decisions were taken

1-International Coalition has been formed for  Endangered Lawyers by the gathered  international  lawyer organizations in this Meeting on 13th of June 2019 in Brussels

2-the country Pakistan has been chosen to focus on for the Day  next year 2020:

3-4 there have been different countries proposed for 2021:



Speech by international coordinators: Hans and Symone Gaasbeek  Wielinga

Dear all, very dear colleagues,

May I wish you a warm welcome today ,in this meeting!!

I would like to thank especially my colleagues Yves Oschinsky and Aurore Lebeau – and their organisations – for their hospitality and for their efforts to receive us here today in Brussels.

We are very glad that you came here today with so many, representing many International Lawyer and Bar organisations, all in solidarity with our threatened colleagues abroad.

Lawyers for lawyers will be in the meeting on line

Lawyers rights watch Canada is also following our meeting


Some months ago Symone – my wife and colleague – and I decided that we would come back as Coordinator, after having left the project a year ago (for several reasons). As you know the woman behind the man is always very important…!

Especially Symone supports me a lot and she makes it possible to continue the coordination.

This year, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer project exists already 10 years, a couple of years longer than the Foundation Day of the Endangered Lawyer, which was erected to support this important work!!

The foundation also focuses on creating worldwide  awareness about the harassment of lawyers ,on  interesting the youth /young lawyers for this problem  of persecution of their human rights colleagues and to ask support for our endangered colleagues at European and International Institutions

The Foundation has a lot of moral strength, but there is almost no financial funding for the work.

In the past years – from the start – our lawyer office has given good financial support and has paid a lot of the costs.

Symone and I are very glad that we are again supported strongly by the voluntary Board members of the Foundation and by a few other volunteers.

Also the Board members and my brother and cousin have decided to continue supporting the project and to restart the website…!

Looking back

I want to take you back for a short moment to the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019.

I was very impressed by the lawyers in Madrid who – on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer last year – organised a meeting to commemorate the five lawyers and their assistants, who had been killed in 1977 in Atocha in Madrid on the 24st  of January… One minute of silence was observed in memory of the murdered colleagues.

In 2019, the Day was celebrated in 25 cities and our Turkish colleagues strongly supported the Day. Even in Istanbul, there was a big demonstration.

However, in 2018 the Day was organized in 35 cities, so 10 cities less were involved last year, in 2019!

For me this makes clear that the coming time – from today on – we have to invest real energy and real networking to make the coming Day as big a success as in 2018…!!

Our mutual task is to make the next Day of the Endangered Lawyer in 2020 a big success!!!

Reports of the cities

I was informed that in many cities more than three or four lawyer organisations and Bar organizations ,were working closely together to organise their manifestations in their cities. This good cooperation between sometimes very different lawyer groups is very encouraging and special…

However, only half of the 25 cities involved have sent us reports about what they organised last year, about their actions and about handing over the petitions.

For example, London and Berlin informed us very well and in Berlin the action was even on the NDR television. The action in London was published in the magazine ‘Socialist Lawyer’ in February.

From many other cities we also received good reports, like Brussels, Paris and the Netherlands.

NB —-Request to the cities which did not send their reports of 24 january 2019—!!!

However, from at least 10 cities, we have not had any or only very little news, no pictures, no reports, no petitions.

So we are not even aware how successful the Day might have been in these cities and we do not know if they contacted any Turkish authorities or ambassadors with petitions.

I really hope that next year we will, like in the years before, receive good feedback and communication to the coordinator.

Of course, the feedback from all the cities is also very important to continue the follow-up work with the countries which we have chosen in the past. As coordinators we have to be aware of what discussions were held, or which colloquia, what conclusions were drawn, which contacts there were with ambassadors or authorities from Turkey, in all the involved cities.

The same applies to the Press releases and publications.

All information gathered on the Day for Turkey while demonstrating and giving petitions and having meetings in all the 25 cities, will be put together -on the website of the foundation – and could be also used as a base for the fact finding mission which will be organised after the summer this year to visit the detained Turkish colleagues and to investigate the persecutions Of these lawyers.

As you see, it is still very important and useful to receive even a short report from all the cities which have not made the report yet. Then we are able to make a compilation of all the actions and publications of the 24th of January 2019,on the website .

To make the Day of the Endangered Lawyer a success in 2020, it is also necessary to involve already well in advance all your press contacts or make new press contacts, because press coverage is part of the success of this worldwide project…! And please also use your social or commercial networks like Facebook to communicate your actions!

Tweets and twitter went last year very well also in Turkey…


Often, people ask questions about follow-up contacts with the countries on which we focused on the past Days of the Endangered Lawyer. I will inform you on this, starting with:


The Foundation is still in close contact with lawyers in Honduras, where the situation has deteriorated very much and very quickly in the last years…!

Many lawyers had to flee the country and some of them are also trying to get into the USA as a political refugee.

Yesterday Carmen Elisa Pinto was killed in her car while she was driving .

The Philippines

The Foundation, in collaboration with other organisations, has just organised a successful fact-finding mission to the Philippines, which was also well-supported by the Union International des Avocats, the UIA. I joined the mission as you may know, and we investigated the many murders of lawyers, prosecutors and judges;

Report FFM.

You can find the preliminary findings on the website of the foundation:


Also you find info in this report about  the inciting role of President Duterte in these  killings .

This week again a prosecutor Josephine Larranzo Olivar -39 years -was killed.

Since Duterte came into power -2 ½ years ago- 39 lawyers ,judges and prosecutors have been killed 


After the last Day of the Endangered Lawyer focussed on Turkey, the Foundation, together with the European Democratic Lawyers, sent a file to the Lawyers for Lawyers organisation in which Selçuk Kozağaçlı and – indirectly – his colleagues were nominated for the Human Rights Award. Because this nomination was successful, the Lawyers for Lawyers Award was assigned to Selçuk and his colleagues…In their absence …! And received by their colleague Ceren Uysal.

She also asked for new strong support from our organizations  for observers for the next trial on the 10 th of July against the same lawyers group.

The latest numbers from Turkey  of this week are : 1546 lawyers persecuted ,599 lawyers arrested ,311 sentenced to 1967 years in prison …!!


The great thing is that at this moment, all of you who are present here, are very active, together with your organisations – in your own way and with your own means – to support the endangered lawyers, in many, many countries and in many different ways!

All our work complements each other’s work. All our different organisations – together here – can and will be very strong.


In support of the endangered Iranian lawyers, this year very good cooperation can be seen…

This year the IDHAE – which is a partnership of many big European Bars and Human Rights Institutes – has awarded the Ludovic Trarieux Prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh. I was happy to be part of that jury meeting last year. The French colleagues gave Nasrin Sotoudeh huge publicity all over France. In many French cities, which followed up each other, an enormous billboard was hung – in a kind of relay (or relais, as they say in French) – from the buildings of each Bar association.

So the human rights prize ceremony is supported and maximised by the follow-up action with the billboards!!!

The Coming Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2020

And now about the choice for next year. Until now the co-organiser AED (European Democratic Lawyers) has not made a final choice yet for a country. The Foundation is today open to all your ideas.

On the other hand, for the coordinators the logistics are also important. In the last 10 years we have experienced that it is very important to have very good contacts and networks in the chosen country to make the Day a real success…!

In many possible countries like Cameroon, Russia, Azerbaijan, our networks are not sufficient at all.

The real success for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer will be that in the country itself there will also be a lot of manifestations, like in Turkey. This happened last year when we focussed on Turkey, but also in earlier years in many Turkish cities there were manifestations for the Day of the Endangered Lawyer… On the other hand, in Egypt and Colombia, there wasn’t any echo, any resonance. There was not a lot of connection.

The International Association of People’s Lawyers, IAPL, let’s say Stuart Russell’s organisation (who could not be present today), has proposed Pakistan for next year’s Day. IAPL has sent us a well-motivated request to choose Pakistan, which was already spread to all of you on the mailing list in April. If you don’t have a copy, I brought some for you!!

We have used the last months to try to find contacts in Pakistan and to create a network to get good information about the situation of the Pakistani lawyers and also to get the Day organised in Pakistan itself… I also asked some of your organisations if they have contacts over there.

For the moment I can say, I wrote to seven or eight lawyers over there, in Pakistan, and I now have already 4 enthousiastic  contacts with colleagues in Pakistan, which I hope will be good.

Unfortunately, my very good contact Asma Jahangir died last year in Lahore as a result of a stroke. She was far too young… Jahangir has won a lot of human rights prizes and she devoted her entire life to human rights, women’s rights, religious rights, et cetera.

As for Pakistan, I want to add that the actual situation in Pakistan is very dangerous for lawyers. I mention the constant persecution of Christians and their defending lawyers, the attacks in Quetta on lawyers with many deaths… And the constant attacks on lawyers who defend minority groups.

Beside the Christians there are 5/6 other religious minority groups which are constantly harassed !!

If you might want to choose for Pakistan – which we prefer as Foundation – we need all your help to continue networking with Pakistani lawyers. So you would support us a lot by asking your contacts for help and cooperation ,and by asking them  to incite their colleagues in Pakistan ,to organize mabnifestations /meetings in Pakistan on the 24th of January.

As we said, the Day has to be well prepared with press contacts and networking and the Day 2020 can only be a success with our mutual and joint efforts!!

Hans en Symone Gaasbeek

Coordination – Foundation Day of the Endangered Lawyer



Over 70 traders booked for clashing with lawyers in Pakpattan





Honduras: De varios impactos de bala matan a una abogada y su pareja


Gilma Bautista laboraba como abogada en la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ). Foto: EL HERALDO

Una profesional del Derecho y su pareja fueron ultimados a balazos la mañana ayer cuando se conducían a bordo de una motocicleta en la aldea La Chorrera de este municipio.

Las víctimas fueron identidades pro sus familiares como Gilma Maribel Manueles Bautista (45) y José Manuel Rodríguez Alvarado (26), quienes según relatos iban rumbo al  casco urbano de este término, cuando fueron atacados.

Informes preliminares indican que la abogada quien trabajaba en la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ) en la capital y su pareja fueron tiroteados por desconocidos cuando transitaban por el desolado sector por sicarios quienes se transportaban en una camioneta color negro, los cuales los alcanzaron, por lo queque sin bajarse y sin mediar palabra les dispararon hasta dejarlos sin vida al instante.

Los cuerpos quedaron tendidos uno a la par de otro a la orilla de una carretera de tierra. El hombre se dedicaba a la agricultura, señalaron algunos parientes.

Al lugar llegaron otros familiares del agricultor quienes informaron que éste y Manueles Bautista viajaban seguido a un sector cercano de donde fueron acribillados, ya que según señalaron en ese lugar hay terrenos que estaban siendo peleados por los ahora occisos y otros familiares, por lo que no descartan que el móvil del crimen tenga que ver con esta disputa.







Abogada de la CSJ y su esposo son asesinados en Jacaleapa, El Paraíso

Acribillan a pareja en Jacaleapa, El Paraíso

Matan abogada y a su esposo en Jacaleapa, El Paraíso


N.B.: Another lawyer has been shot dead in Honduras.  Gilma Bautista was killed while riding a motorcycle, beside her husband

Honduras: Asesinan a un abogado en la colonia capitalina Kennedy



Un abogado fue asesinado de varios impactos de bala la tarde de este martes en la colonia Kennedy de la capital.

La victima es Jairo Samuel Medina (37), a quien algunos testigos lo identificaron como secretario de la junta directiva del patronato de la colonia La Vega y que también laboraba el departamento legal de la Secretaría de Trabajo.

De acuerdo a información preliminar, el profesional del derecho fue atacado por desconocidos, mientras reparaba su vehículo en un taller automotriz de la populosa colonia Kennedy.

Hasta el lugar del hecho se trasladó personal de medicina forense para el levantamiento del cadáver.

Este el segundo asesinato que se registra en menos de una semana, ya que el viernes anterior la abogada Ana Lourdes Arriaga y su cuñado fueron asesinados de varios impactos de bala en San Pedro Sula.

Cabe recordar, que la profesional del derecho fue la apoderada legal de los hondureños extraditados en EE.UU. por narcotráfico, Carlos Arnaldo Negro Lobo y Neptalí Duarte Mejía.

Honduras: Asesinan a un abogado en la colonia capitalina Kennedy


Honduras: Matan a exabogado del “Negro” Lobo


Al lugar llegaron abogados que confirmaron que una de las víctimas era la litigante.



Honduras: Unos 700 abogados han abandonado Honduras por amenazas a muerte


Unos 700 abogados han abandonado Honduras por amenazas a muerte

El presidente del Colegio de Abogados de Honduras (CAH), capítulo norte, Julio Orellana, reveló este lunes que entre 500 y 700 profesionales del derecho han tenido que abandonar el país por amenazas a muerte.

– El gremio de los abogados es uno de los afectados por la violencia en Honduras. Al menos 154 profesionales del derecho perdieron la vida en circunstancias violentas, desde 2002 a la fecha, en más del 90% los casos están impunes.

“La situación que vive el profesional del derecho en nuestro país es muy difícil. Alrededor de unos 500 y 700 profesionales del derecho han tenido que salir de nuestro país debido a las diferentes amenazas por los distintos trabajos que realizan en los tribunales de la República”, afirmó.

Entre esas amenazas, detalló: “Muchas acciones que son ejecutadas por los bancos en contra de personas, éstos no entienden que es el banco es que la ejecuta a través de un abogado y creen que quitándole la vida a un profesional del derecho van a detener la acción y eso es absolutamente falso”.

Orellana citó también que varios colegas conocen casos de alto riesgo, lo que los hace vulnerable ante grupos que se sienten afectados.

El representante del CAH en el capítulo norte, lamentó que casi en su totalidad las muertes violentas de abogados quedan en total impunidad.






N.B.: Approximately 700 lawyers have been forced to flee the country recently due to death threats.

Honduras: Another Lawyer Killed In Honduras, 153 Since 2002

December 4, 2018

A Honduran lawyer was brutally gunned down in a restaurant near the Supreme Court on Monday. Only 10% of the murders of lawyers go punished in the country.

The Honduran Human Rights Commission says that 153 lawyers have been murdered in Honduras between 2002 and 2018, and 90 percent of these cases have gone unpunished. The national commission released a statement on Monday after lawyer Reynaldo Barahona was found murdered.


As many as 130 of the cases took place between 2010 and 2018 alone, said the rights body, that condemned the planned assassination of Barahona brutally shot at Monday morning by armed men wearing bulletproof vests who converged on the lawyer as he ate breakfast in a restaurant near the country’s Supreme Court in Tegucigalpa. Local media says the defender was riddled with bullets in the restaurant where police and military officials were also dining.

The Honduran state agency called on the authorities to establish effective security mechanisms to protect against these homicides.

“It is urgent that Honduran authorities establish security mechanisms to safeguard the physical integrity and life of legal professionals and their families,” the commission underlined.



Click to access EN_HRL_20181221_Honduras_Murder-of-lawyer-Reynaldo-Barahona.pdf

https://www.elheraldo.hn/videos/?mId=pRE9BnPp (ESPANOL)

https://www.laprensa.hn/sucesos/1238877-410/abogado-asesinado-frente-corte-suprema-justicia (ESPANOL)

https://menafn.com/1097789622/Honduras-surge-in-lawyers-killings-after-new-murder (ESPANOL)

https://www.elheraldo.hn/pais/1238914-466/presidenta-del-colegio-de-abogados-exige-justicia-tras-asesinato-de-reynaldo-barahona (ESPANOL)

https://www.elheraldo.hn/fotogalerias/1239288-468/familia-y-amigos-despiden-los-restos-del-abogado-reynaldo-barahona-asesinado (ESPANOL)

https://hch.tv/2018/12/05/dan-ultimo-adios-al-abogado-reynaldo-barahona-y-otros-sucesos-en-tgu/ (ESPANOL)

https://elpulso.hn/dos-abogados-a-quienes-mataron-en-2018-habian-pedido-proteccion-al-estado/?fbclid=IwAR1bFl7wRgJEY3wkOggKNADaLLX92hkw1BTROUtyaWPfPD7wqHvLqHxVdWI (ESPANOL)

http://conadeh.hn/ (ESPANOL)

HONDURAS – 3 décembre 2018
Reynaldo Barahona
Abattu en face de la Cour suprême de justice à Tegucigalpa.
Il avait demandé une protection car il figurait sur une liste des personnes à exécuter établie par les services spéciaux. Elle lui avait été refusée.

La menace a été exécutée…


(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 06/12/18)

UK/Colombia/Egypt/China/Honduras etc: Occupational hazards

October 22, 2018

Turkey arrest

Lawyers all over the world risk losing their liberty – and worse – when they seek to uphold fundamental human rights. Jonathan Rayner reports


Across the world in places once deemed ‘safe’, the rule of law is under pressure to give way to populism and authoritarianism – meaning lawyers’ clients and their own support for justice are putting them personally at risk. In Colombia, 120 lawyers were murdered in 2017. President Erdogan’s crackdown in Turkey has seen 22 advocates put on trial for ‘terrorism’, and the list of countries where similar incidences are occurring is long – including China, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Venezuela, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Kenya. Yet international solidarity between lawyers is strong, and many are organising to protect and support persecuted colleagues in a battle for justice that can feel like it must be fought street-by-street.


English lawyers, and this is perhaps to over-dramatise matters, have been at imminent risk of violent death since 1591. That was the year that Shakespeare wrote Henry VI part two and placed the words, ‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’, into the mouth of a rebellious Dick the Butcher. Some 427 years later, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2018 was marked by lawyers in 35 European and other cities worldwide. They were showing solidarity with their persecuted Egyptian counterparts, the same way that in the previous two years they had demonstrated their support for imperilled lawyers in China and Honduras.

Egypt, China, Honduras – three nations on three different continents. The threat to lawyers, although small in the UK, is global. Dick the Butcher’s rantings have been supplanted by something altogether more sinister: extra-judicial executions, state-sanctioned wrongful imprisonment and harassment, electronic surveillance and an autocratic disregard for the rule of law. Sir Patrick Elias, president of the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk and a retired Appeal Court judge, says the problem is widespread: ‘It flourishes wherever there are dictatorships.’



Brazil/Colombia/Guatemala/Honduras/ Mexico/The Philippines: Stop the Killings

June 21, 2018

Stop the Killings Report.jpg

“Stop the Killings” analyzes the root causes of the killing of HRDs in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines.

The report is based on original research by Comitê Brasileiro de Defensoras e Defensores de Direitos Humanos – CBDDH, (Brazil), Programa Somos Defensores (Colombia), UDEFEGUA (Guatemala), ACI-Participa (Honduras), Comité Cerezo (Mexico) and iDEFEND, Karapatan and Pahra (Philippines).

With a forward from United Natiosn Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst and introduction by Front Line Defenders Exective Director Andrew Anderson, “Stop the Killings” is a vital resource for understanding the current and alarming increase of killings of human rights defenders globally.





Honduras: Asesinan a abogado de alcalde de Arizona, acusado por defender el río Jilamito en Atlántida


Carlos Hernández, era el apoderado legal del alcalde de Arizona, Arnoldo Chacón, quien recientemente, junto a otros 4 integrantes del MADJ fueron acusados del delito de usurpación por detentación en contra del Estado de Honduras y la empresa Generación Eléctrica (INGELSA), debido a su defensa del río Jilamito, hecha y sostenida desde el Campamento Digno en Defensa del Río Jilamito, instalado en Arizona, desde mayo del 2017.

San Pedro Sula. 10 de abril de 2018.

El abogado y ex fiscal del Ministerio Público, Carlos Hernández fue asesinado al interior de su bufete ubicado en el municipio de Tela, justamente en la esquina opuesta a donde hace una semana ultimaron a una doctora, en Tela Atlántida.

Carlos Hernández, era el apoderado legal del alcalde de Arizona, Arnoldo Chacón, quien recientemente, junto a otros 4 integrantes del MADJ fueron acusados del delito de usurpación por detentación en contra del Estado de Honduras y la empresa Generación Eléctrica (INGELSA), debido a su defensa del río Jilamito, hecha y sostenida desde el Campamento Digno en Defensa del Río Jilamito, instalado en Arizona, desde mayo del 2017.

Previo al proceso judicial en su contra, Arnoldo Chacón fue víctima de allanamientos domiciliarios ilegales por parte de los cuerpos de seguridad del Estado, hostigamientos y persecución debido a su condición de candidato a alcalde afín a las luchas por los bienes naturales y a su oposición abierta dentro de la corporación municipal al otorgamiento de permisos de construcción a la empresa INGELSA.





https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/carlos-hernandez-killed (ENGLISH)