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Honduras: the deadliest country in the world for environmental activism

More than 120 people have been killed in Honduras since 2010 for standing up to companies that grab land and trash the environment

Nowhere are you more likely to be killed for standing up to companies that grab land and trash the environment than in Honduras.

More than 120 people have died since 2010, according to Global Witness research. The victims were ordinary people who took a stand against dams, mines, logging or agriculture on their land –murdered by state forces, security guards or hired assassins. Countless others have been threatened, attacked or imprisoned.

In March 2016, armed men broke into environmental activist Berta Cáceres’ home in the middle of the night and shot her dead.

17-year-old Alan Garcia (main picture) survived a bullet to his chest. He was protesting against a hydropower dam on his community’s land when the military opened fire. Alan’s father was shot dead in the same attack.

Three years later, in 2016, high profile environmental activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated for demonstrating against the very same dam.

Who is behind the murders?

Following a two-year investigation into who’s behind these murders we can reveal how projects at the heart of conflicts are linked to the country’s rich and powerful elites, among them members of the political class.

Our investigation sheds light on the back-door deals, bribes and lawbreaking used to impose projects and silence opposition. We also scrutinise how the US is bankrolling Honduran state forces, which are behind some of the worst attacks.

Read the full report & resources from Global Witness