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Latin America went back 20 years in human rights due to covid, says an expert

Tegucigalpa, Sep 5 (EFE) .- Latin America went back 20 years in human rights during the covid-19 crisis, which also increased violence against women and human rights defenders, the former United Nations counselor said on Monday on women’s rights issues, the Costa Rican Alda Facio. “In all of Latin America there are setbacks and according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), there are 20 years that were lost during the pandemic and it will cost a lot to recover, especially in the economic issue,” Facio stressed in an interview. with Efe in Tegucigalpa. She added that “rights were lost in every way, because many countries took advantage of the pandemic to make more authoritarian, less democratic policies.” As an example, he said that in Honduras “the Police have been militarized” and, although the country has a new Government, “the empowerment of the Police and the military is not removed so easily with a change of Government, it is dangerous for democracy and human rights”. CONCRETE MEASURES TO ACHIEVE EQUALITY Facio pointed out that in the confinement at the beginning of the pandemic, women were “exposed to violence and work overload,” which affected her health. She lamented that during confinement “sexual violence, incest against girls and a lot of trafficking in women” increased, since “the powers that be and the mafias took advantage of to increase their purchase, theft or kidnapping of girls.” For the feminist, it is necessary that “States take concrete measures and truly implement them to achieve equality” to end gender violence. “What produces violence against women is the inequality of power between men and women and the machismo that exists throughout the world,” she emphasized. She highlighted the importance of “taking measures to change the culture, because songs and soap operas undervalue women and that produces violence.” RISKS FOR DEFENDERS The former UN counselor pointed out the situation of risks faced by women human rights defenders in Central America and Mexico. “Because they are defending the rights (of other people) they are attacked, insulted, not only killed. It is not easy to be a defender, it is dangerous and risky,” Facio said. Women, “in addition to suffering violence at home and on the street, they also suffer from their own fellow defenders, it’s complicated,” she stressed. She said she did not know if the risk situation faced by defenders has worsened, since “there is no concrete data since the pandemic.” Honduras is one of the most dangerous Latin American countries for human rights defenders, said Facio, who is hopeful that “the situation will change” in the Central American country. IMPROVING ACCESS TO JUSTICE He also pointed out that the lack of resources is one of the limitations faced by the instances to protect defenders and reduce the risk in which they find themselves. “Women supposedly have to be at home, be submissive, not try to win rights for themselves or for other people, that looks bad and angers not only men, but women who don’t do it, that contributes to devaluing the work that defenders do,” she said. Facio also highlighted the little access to justice that women victims of violence and human rights defenders have, mainly in Honduras, a country that will present its report to the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in November. Honduras has to “improve access to justice, because that access is highly questioned, and it is known that the situation of lack of access to justice for all citizens is worse against women, and even worse against defenders,” he said. the expert. “So they don’t bother, many times human rights defenders are criminalized and prosecuted, and they don’t even have the right to file a complaint,” said the Costa Rican feminist. Anny Castro (c) Agencia EFE

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