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2021 UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued opinion on detained CMDBCP environmental defenders

In March 2021, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued Opinion 85/2020 declaring the eight Guapinol environmental defenders to be arbitrarily detained according to international human rights law which Honduras is legally bound to adhere to. The Working Group called on the Government of Honduras to remedy the situation by immediately releasing the eight men from custody and indemnifying them for the violation of their rights.

Type of Action / Tipo de Acción:
Multi-Lateral Organization Proceedings
Legal Description / Descripción Legal:
Human Rights Council, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, A/HRC/WGAD/2020/85, 24 February 2021, Opinion No. 85/2020 (Spanish).
Extractive Project / Proyecto extractivo:
Region / Región:
Central America
Country / País:
Natural Resource / Recurso natural:
Iron oxide
Jurisdiction / Jurisdicción:
United Nations System
Category of Key Actors in Legal Action / Categoría de actores claves en la Acción Legal:
Multi-Lateral Organizations
Human Rights Violated/Claimed:
Right to defend rights, Right to free, prior and informed consent
Key Legal Actors Involved / Actores jurídicos clave involucrados:
Municipal Committee for the Defence of Common and Public Goods (CMDBCP), UN Working Group on Arbitary Detentions, State Institutions
References / Referencias:

ACAFREMIN, “UN: Immediately Release Guapinol Defenders & Investigate Those Responsible for Illegal Detention”, 3 March 2021, online:, accessed 9 March 2021

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, “Opiniones aprobadas por el Grupo de Trabajo sobre la Detención Arbitraria en su 89º período de sesiones, 23 a 27 de noviembre de 2020” A/HRC/WGAD/2020/85, dated 8 February 2021, online:, accessed 9 March 2021