By Mary Lawlor, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
This blog was first published in Al Jazeera on March 2, 2021
It has been five years since environmental human rights defender Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras.
She was one of hundreds of human rights defenders killed that year because of their peaceful work. Hundreds have been killed every year since, but those responsible have rarely been brought to justice. Although some have been convicted of Cáceres’s killing, others believed to have been involved are still to be held to account.
It is a familiar and continuing story, in Honduras and across the world, where those responsible for the murder of a human rights defender often enjoy impunity.