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4 Nov 2015

Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders

Mexico & Central America: Companies identified as “perpetrators” of 22% of abuses against female human rights defenders; according to NGOs report

…The ways in which…[the] model of extractive development impact women are multifold…Particular types of violence against women tend to increase, including domestic violence, human trafficking (when prostitution businesses are set up for the miners), and sexual violence…Many women have been displaced from their communities… Between 2012 and 2014 IM-Defensoras recorded a total of 1,688 attacks on Women Human Rights Defenders in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico…In the period covered by this report (2012- 2014) we recorded 32 assassinations of women human rights defenders and 39 assassination attempts… At the regional level…businesses rank third as the perpetrators of 22% of assaults…These offender regularly act with the consent or complicity of authorities and, in some cases, draw on support from organized crime groups [Refers to the inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua of HKND; the miming project in Izabal, Guatemala, of Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel;  the mining project of  La Puya, in Guatemala, of Kappes Kassiday & Associates]