Activists’ Murders Show Human Rights Under Assault in Latin America

Women carry images of slain environmental activist Berta Caceres, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 8, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Antonio).
Women carry images of slain environmental activist Berta Caceres, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 8, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Antonio).
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On March 3, Berta Caceres, a prominent indigenous and environmental activist, was murdered in her home in La Esperanza, Intibuca, in the mountains of Honduras. Caceres was a campaigner for the rights of her native people, the Lenca, and a staunch opponent of one of Central America’s biggest dam projects. Her shocking murder was but the first recent example of the growing threat to human rights activists across Latin America. Less than two weeks after Caceres’ assassination, her fellow activist Nelson Garcia was murdered during a community eviction in the village of Rio Chiquito in northern Honduras. The next day, […]

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