Weekly Report - 15 July 2021 (WR-21-28)

HONDURAS: Human rights groups hail key verdict

“An important step for justice.” This was how US-based human rights lobby group Washington Office on Latin America (Wola) described a verdict handed down by a Honduran court which unanimously found Roberto Castillo, executive president of hydroelectric company Desarrollo Energéticos (Desa), guilty of helping to plot the 2016 killing of  environmentalist Berta Cáceres, the leader of local indigenous organisation Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Copinh), whose murder had shocked the local and international community alike. While the verdict has been hailed as a step forward, stark reminders persist that Honduras remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders (HRDs).

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