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2 Mar 2017

Katie Pisa, CNN

Honduras: family says Berta Caceres was a threat to powerful business & government interests who wanted to silence her

"Berta Cáceres' family seeks justice on anniversary of fearless activist's death", 3 Mar 2017

In one of the most dangerous countries in the world, one woman paid the ultimate price for her cause. One day before her 45th birthday on March 3, 2016, Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home after years of threats to her life for her work as a fearless human rights activist...Awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015, Cáceres was regarded as one of the world's leading grassroots environmental activists. Before [1980s], there was generally little tension with the Lencas because their lands had not been targeted for development projects... Cáceres had realized that despite indigenous rights being recognized by law, many indigenous groups lacked clear titles to their land and suffered land grabs by powerful business interests... "It was really hard for any corporation to push forward any project without having to deal with her...She was a threat. They (those in power) had a problem on their hands...She was clearly on the right side of the people and the law and there's no impunity in Honduras," he says."There was no other way to stop her ... she was an obvious problem."