Washington, D.C.: Honduran President Faces Protests over Cáceres’s Murder

HeadlineMar 22, 2017
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Back in the United States, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was confronted by protesters when he arrived in Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers Tuesday. The protesters chanted “asesino”—the Spanish word for “murderer”—and held photographs of the murdered environmental activist Berta Cáceres. She is one of more than 120 environmental and human rights activists who have been murdered in Honduras since the 2009 U.S.-backed military coup. Dozens of lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which seeks to withhold U.S. military aid to Honduras until the Honduran government addresses human rights violations by its police and security forces.

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