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Fundación San Alonso Rodríguez

Juana Esquivel

Fundación San Alonso Rodriguez

Juana Esquivel is a woman human rights defender who uses its role as the director of Fundación San Alonso Rodriguez to support and legitimize peaceful human rights initiatives and struggles. She has issued numerous interviews and reports on the Guapinol camp case, and has been recognized as its spokeswoman. The Fundación San Alonso Rodriguez is a civil, non-profit institution, created after the Mitch hurricane passage through Honduras, when it acted on the reconstruction of the country. As a member of the Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos de Tocoa (Municipal Defense Council on the Common and Public Goods of Tocoa), the organization advises, accompanies and shares information on the criminalization cases against the 18 criminalized members of the camp.

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.