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8 Jul 2016

Front Line Defenders

Case history: Lesbia Yaneth Urquia Urquia

On 6 July 2016, the body of human rights defender Lesbia Yaneth Urquia Urquia was found near the municipal dump of Marcala, in the department of La Paz, Honduras. Lesbia had disappeared a day earlier, at around 5pm, when she left her house to go cycling…Lesbia Yaneth Urquia Urquia was a community leader and a member of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Copinh). She joined the organisation in 2009 during the protests against the coup d'etat. She actively worked to oppose the construction of the hydroelectric dam “Aurora I” in the municipality of San José, La Paz. The company behind the project is owned by Gladys Aurora López, president of the National Party and vice-president of the National Congress. COPINH has been active for over 20 years, peacefully defending of the territory and rights of the Lenca people….In their press release, COPINH said that this killing “confirms there is a plan to disappear the people who are defending the environment and the common goods.”…