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Francisco Mencia

Asociación por una Vida Mejor - APUVIMEH

Francisco Mencia is a human rights lawyer and defender of the LGBTI community in Honduras. He is a legal advisor to the Asociación por una Vida Mejor - APUVIMEH (Association for a Better Life), a human rights organisation which works with the LGBTI community and those affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras.


Human rights defenders suffer extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment as well as judicial harassment, threats and stigmatisation. Journalists, lawyers, prosecutors, those defending the rights of women, children, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, indigenous and Afro-Honduran communities, and those working on environmental and land rights issues are particularly at risk.