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Honduras: Human Rights Leader Murdered in Her Home

Washington

In response to the murder of Berta Cáceres, one of Honduras’ most respected human rights leaders, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Berta Cáceres, as leader of the Lenca Indigenous community and co-founder the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH), was one of the great defenders of land and indigenous and environmental rights in her country,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin American programs. “Her death leaves a great void in the struggle for justice and the movement to end impunity in Honduras.”
 
Background:
Cáceres was murdered in her home by unknown assailants. Awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, she was the frequent target of death threats.

Honduras is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2016 and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015

 

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