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Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia


Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia

MADJ (Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia) is an organisation dedicated to combating corruption and upholding human rights in Honduras. In particular, MADJ has been advocating for environmental and land rights of indigenous communities in the context of mega-projects and industrial mining.

In October 2015, MADJ along with four other organisations, brought a case to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. They denounced embezzlement and corruption activities by public officials working at the Honduras Institute for Social Security (IHSS), which allegedly caused a significant decrease in the institution's capacity to provide public healthcare. As a result of previous instances of attacks, threats and harassment against MADJ, on 19 December 2013 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted precautionary measures to its 38 members and their families.


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.