World Rainforest Movement

Honduras: The deadliest country in the world for environmental activism

More than 120 people have been killed in Honduras since 2009 for standing up to companies that grab land and destroy forests, a January 2017 report published by Global Witness shows. The report pays tribute to human rights defender Berta Cáceres who was murdered on 2 March 2016 when armed men broke into her home in the middle of the night and killed her. Berta Cáceres mobilized against the Agua Zarca hydro dam on her community’s land in Intibucá, western Honduras, which threatened a vital and sacred water source for the indigenous Lenca people. The report is available at:

https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/environmental-activists/honduras-deadliest-country-world-environmental-activism/

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