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Honduras: Another Activist from COPINH Killed

HeadlineJul 08, 2016

In Honduras, another activist from the indigenous rights organization COPINH has been killed. Forty-nine-year-old Lesbia Janeth Urquía was a mother of three and a member of COPINH since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup. She had been one of the leaders of a campaign against the construction of a privatized hydroelectric dam along a river in the region of La Paz. Her body was found near a garbage dump on Wednesday. She had been stabbed to death. Olivia Zúñiga, the daughter of murdered environmentalist and COPINH leader Berta Cáceres, spoke out.

Olivia Zúñiga: “This great defender of Mother Earth was initially kidnapped, and we know this unofficially because there is no official version from the government. She was later found murdered with a blunt weapon, and this coincides precisely with the consultation that was going to take place on Sunday organized by a human rights advocacy organization called CIPRODEH. As coordinator of an organization, I was also planning to participate to say a resounding no to the construction of dams in the department of La Paz.”

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