Safety concerns

Another indigenous activist murdered in Honduras, days after Berta Cáceres

An indigenous woman holds a poster with a photograph of slain environmental rights activist Berta Caceres. (REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera)

Nelson García, a 38-year-old activist and member of Berta Cáceres’ activist organization Copinh (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras) was killed on Tuesday, less than two weeks after Cáceres herself was murdered, raising even more concerns over the safety of the renowned campaigner’s family and colleagues. García was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on his way home, after spending the day with a Lenca indigenous community, where Honduran security forces were violently evicting dozens of families from land which local politicians claim does not belong to them. Caceres, who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize last year, founded Copinh 22 years ago in response to the increasing threats against these indigenous communities, and was shot dead at her home after years of threats for her activism. Since the murder, several of her Copinh colleagues as well as family members have reported being harassed by the authorities. “We demand an end to the persecution, harassment and the war against Copinh members,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday. “We demand justice for our dead colleagues from the Honduran government and an end to impunity.”

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