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Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco

Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco


Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco was a human rights defender and journalist who was killed on way home from work. He was the producer and host of a news programme on provincial television channel Alfa & Omega Visión in which he addressed issues such as corruption in the municipal government and land disputes.


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.