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Honduras: Berta Caceres, human rights defender & indigenous leader who opposed Agua Zarca dam, assassinated

“Honduras Indigenous Leader Berta Caceres Assassinated in Home” 3 Mar 2016

Berta Caceres, the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras… was killed by unknown assailants early Thursday morning…Caceres was leader of the Lenca Indigenous community and was a staunch human rights defender...Caceres was a key leader in a Lenca struggle against the Agua Zarca Dam, a controversial development project…that was put in motion without consent from local communities. She, along with other residents, led a successful campaign to halt the construction of the dam, but the community has continued to face systematic harassment…. [The] human rights situation in Honduras has deteriorated gravely and human rights defenders and social movements have been systematically criminalized…According to Global Witness, Honduras is one of the most dangerous and deadly places in the world for land and environmental rights defenders… 

 

 

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