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Murder of activist Berta Cáceres draws intl condemnation

Relatives and friends attend the funeral of murdered indigenous activist Berta Caceres in La Esperanza, 200 km northwest of Tegucigalpa, on March 3, 2016. - AFP

Relatives and friends attend the funeral of murdered indigenous activist Berta Caceres in La Esperanza, 200 km northwest of Tegucigalpa, on March 3, 2016. - AFP

05/03/2016 10:21

(Vatican Radio) The murder of a high-profile activist, Berta Cáceres, who campaigned for the defence of indigenous land rights in her native Honduras has received condemnation from leaders in the international community, the United Nations, and NGO advocacy groups worldwide.

Billy Kyte is a campaigner for Global Witness who knew Cáceres and worked with her on several causes.

“The shocking news of Berta’s killing should come as a dramatic wake-up call for the Honduran state,” he said.

Kyte went on to say the murder of Cáceres sets the plight of indigenous peoples in Honduras once again in relief. “Indigenous people are being killed in alarming numbers,” he said, “simply for defending rights to their land.”

Kyte added the voice of Global Witness to the growing international chorus calling for justice. “The Honduran state must act immediately to find Berta’s killers and protect her family and colleagues,” he said.

Listen to Billy Kyte of the Global Witness advocacy group speaking with Vatican Radio's Fausta Speranza

05/03/2016 10:21