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Lawsuit (SLAPP)

29 Mar 2021

María Valladares - Alternativa de Reivindicación Comunitaria y Ambientalista de Honduras (ARCAH)


Date lawsuit was filed
29 Mar 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
María Valladares
Alternativa de Reivindicación Comunitaria y Ambientalista de Honduras (ARCAH)
Environmental concerns group
Lawsuits: SLAPPs
Legal claims: Forced displacement
Lawsuit Brought By: Company
Target: Individual
Location of Filing: Honduras
Location of Incident: Honduras
Pollos El Cortijo Honduras Agriculture & livestock, Food & beverage, Agriculture/food/beverage/tobacco/fishing: General Company Response


On 29 March 2021 Christopher Castillo, Jeffry Suazo, Michael Aguilar, Víctor Hernández, Patricia Godoy, María Valladares and Fernando Hernández environmental defenders and members of the Alternative for Community and Environmental Vindication of Honduras - Alternativa de Reivindicación Comunitaria y Ambientalista de Honduras, ARCAH-, were detained and charged with 'forced displacement' following a complaint brought by the poultry company ‘El Cortijo’. The defenders were demonstrating outside the company’s offices concerning its activities and connection with the pollution of a local river. On 30 March 2021, they were released and placed under house arrest. In May 2021, the environmental rights defenders were still under house arrest awaiting trial. In April 2022 the lawsuit was dismissed.