Gladys Lanza Ochoa
Human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa will be sentenced on 25 February 2015 following her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural – FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).
Gladys Lanza Ochoa is Coordinator of the Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz Visitación Padilla (Honduran Women's Committee for Peace "Visitación Padilla"), a collective of women human rights defenders from across Honduras who work on issues such as gender violence and women's participation in public life, in addition to advocating for democracy and human rights in Honduras.
Under Honduran law the human rights defender faces a possible sentence of between one year and 4 months and two years and 8 months' imprisonment. The charges against Gladys Lanza Ochoa relate to her public advocacy in support of a former employee of FUNDEVI who claimed in 2011 to have been made redundant after being subjected to an extended period of sexual harassment by the Executive Director of the company. Visitación Padilla organised a peaceful demonstration outside the FUNDEVI offices, posted placards and issued press releases in relation to the case and the alleged victim was successful at first instance in her case claiming sexual harassment, but the ruling was overturned upon appeal.