Tragedy

Environmental activist Berta Cáceres assassinated in Honduras

Berta Cáceres, a Honduran environmental and indigenous activist, was murdered early Thursday morning when a group of unknown attackers broke into her home and shot her. Cáceres, a member of the Lenca indigenous group, was the co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH). She was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her work opposing the “Agua Zarca” dam, a large-scale hydropower initiative in Central America. On account of her activism, Cáceres had been receiving rape and death threats. The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights had raised concerns about Cáceres’ safety, and called on president Juan Orlando Hernández to enact “precautionary measures.” “This meant the government had to protect her,” Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations special rapporteur for indigenous rights, told The Guardian. “Yet she was assassinated just like that.” Jorge Alcerro, the president’s chief of staff, asserted that security forces would “use all means to find the killers.” He did not explain, however, why Cáceres was not under police protection at the time of her assassination.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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