Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the ongoing criminal charges of defamation against human rights defender, Vanessa Mendoza Cortés. The Andorran government filed a case against Vanessa Mendoza Cortés following her criticism of the Andorran authorities on issues relating to the protection of women’s and girl’s human rights in Andorra, including statements she made during a meeting with a UN expert Committee. Amnesty International is concerned that Vanessa Mendoza Cortés is being criminalized for merely conducting her legitimate work as a human rights defender. A hearing before the judge as part of the preliminary proceedings against her is scheduled for 17th February.
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