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Honduras: Lack of transparency in handling of Indigenous leader’s murder puts enquiry in jeopardy

    May 02, 2016

    The arrest of four suspects in the murder of human rights defender Berta Cáceres in Honduras raise a number of questions on how the investigation is being handled, said Amnesty International today after Berta’s relatives claimed authorities have kept them in the dark regarding any developments in the case.

    “The blatant lack of transparency in the investigation into Berta Cáceres’ tragic murder, including the fact that her family has been systematically kept in the dark regarding any developments and the refusal to question high ranking officials is putting the whole investigation in jeopardy,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

    “Authorities must urgently inform Berta’s relatives of the steps they are taking to find those responsible and ensure no stone is left unturned in this quest for justice. Anything less will send the message that human rights defenders can be killed and nothing will be done about it.”

    Read more:

    Honduras: Deep failures in investigation into activist’s killing put many at risk (Press release, 8 March 2016)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/03/honduras-deep-failures-in-investigation-into-activist-s-killing-put-many-at-risk/

    ‘Defending human rights in Honduras is a crime’ (Feature, 22 November 2013)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2013/11/honduras-human-rights-defenders-under-threat/

     

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