LENCA LEADER BERTA CACERES IN HONDURAS ASSASSINATED LAST NIGHT

Berta Cáceres, one of Honduras’s most well-known activists, was shot dead last night. An indigenous Lenca woman, Cáceres was director of the Consejo Coordinador de Pueblos Indígenas de Honduras and involved in a high-profile campaign against the construction of the Agua Zarca hydro-electric dam project, among many other things. Cáceres received numerous death threats and, last year, she was one of six activists to be awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. According to a local media report, Cáceres’s brother, Gustavo, says she had been receiving “constant threats” and held a press conference last week to denounce the murder of four other indigenous people. As reported in an article of mine last year in The Guardian - based on a report by NGO Global Witness, for whom I'm currently working as a consultant on Peru - Honduras is now the world’s number one country for killing environmental activists. (3-03-2016)

David Hill