PROTECT DEFENDERS OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS IN HONDURAS
Berta Cáceres, an internationally-recognized defender of indigenous rights and the environment, was shot dead by gunmen who broke into her home on March 2, 2016.
Berta and the organization she led, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, were courageously opposing construction of a hydroelectric dam project called Agua Zarca because of its impacts on the rights of Lenca Indigenous people.
Berta had repeatedly denounced attacks and death threats against her. They had increased as she led efforts to stop Agua Zarca.