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Demands to End Impunity in Honduras Mark Anniversary of Activist’s Unpunished Murder

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80246
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2017-03-23
By: George Rodríguez

On the first anniversary of the murder of human rights and environmental activist Berta Cáceres, which remains unpunished, Honduras saw thousands take to the streets demanding an end to one of this country’s historic problems: impunity. In demonstrations held mainly in Tegucigalpa and La Esperanza, the slain leader’s hometown, protesters called for justice––in this case as well as in the more than 120 other murders of environmental and land activists that have taken place since 2009. Although eight arrests have been made, indigenous and other grassroots organizations see no progress in the legal proceedings regarding Cáceres’ murder and point to irregularities in the process, including the disappearance of the case files. In an article published on Feb. 28, the British newspaper The Guardian reported that three members of the Honduran military who are among the eight people under arrest had received US training, a fact that Cáceres’ family members and other activists say strengthens their certainty that the crime was a well-planned operation. Cáceres was gunned down shortly after midnight on March 3, 2016––the day before her 45th birthday––in La Esperanza, a town 180 km northwest of Tegucigalpa, the nation’s capital.

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