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2 Mar 2017

Global Witness

Honduras: At anniversary of Berta Caceres' murder, Global Witness reminds of systematic assault on those standing up to land-grabbing, polluting companies

"7 more activists killed in year since Berta Caceres’ murder as Honduran government ramps up crackdown", 3 Mar 2017

In the year since Berta Cáceres was gunned down in her home, at least seven more land and environmental defenders have been killed in Honduras as the government ramps up its crackdown on activism, says Global Witness: “As we mark the one-year anniversary of Berta Cáceres’ murder, the situation is dire for those she worked alongside... Now the authorities are even branding protesters as terrorists. These are all clear signs of a systematic assault on government critics"... Berta Cáceres was one of over 120 Hondurans who have been killed since 2010 for standing up to companies that grab land and trash the environment, according to Global Witness’ recent report. This makes Honduras the deadliest country in the world to be an environmental defender... While the triggermen tend to be state forces, security guards or hired assassins, Global Witness investigations into who are behind these killings in Honduras revealed how top politicians and business elites are linked to the dams, mines and plantations at the heart of the violence. Those who order these murders are rarely, if ever, brought to justice.