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This report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addresses the problem of the misuse of criminal law by State and non-State actors with the aim to criminalize the work of human rights defenders. This report conceptualizes the phenomenon of criminalization and identifies the contexts and groups of defenders who are most affected by this practice, as well as the actors who usually participate in the processes of criminalization through the misuse of criminal law. The IACHR focuses primarily in this report on the ways in which criminal law may be used improperly to hamper the defense of human rights and not on administrative or civil obstacles that also interfere with this work.

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In 2009, Environmental Defender Law Center investigated claims by 28 Peruvian activists that they had been kidnapped and tortured at a mine site owned by English mining company Monterrico Metals. Recent court hearings have revealed new evidence. Trial is likely mid-2017.

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This report informs about human rights defenders situation in Colombia. It recommends that the international community “prioritize, in its dialogue with the Colombian government, the insistence that the Colombian government implement effective means to protect human rights defenders” and in order to put an end to these attacks.

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The criminalization of human rights defenders in the context of the extraction of natural resources and megaprojects is becoming a very worrisome phenomenon in Latin America. The following report recognizes the troubling pattern, and also points to the role of businesses, civil servants, public prosecutors, judges, and the State, among others, in this phenomenon.

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This is a joint submission made by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the International Platform against Impunity based in Central America (Pi) and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR). This submission is made on the occasion of the consideration of the List of Issues for Honduras at the 56th Pre-Sessional Working Group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) and it addresses the issue of human rights defenders (HRDs) working on economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights in Honduras.

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IIPA has compiled a list of countries in which they have contributed public comments to various U.S. agencies. This list includes IIPA country submissions filed between 2001-2013 in the annual Special 301 exercise led by the U.S. Trade Representative. Other IIPA documents are identified specifically as to their source.

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