IUCN Director General, Inger Andersen, expressed her solidarity with the Honduran people following the death of Berta Cáceres, in a letter to Juan Orlando Hernández, President of the Republic of Honduras.
Following the killing of Berta Cáceres on March 3, 2016, IUCN Director General praised her tireless work in defense of indigenous rights and protection of nature in Honduras and the Central American region.
Citing IUCN’s World Conservation Congress Resolution on “Support for environmental defenders,” she stressed that IUCN must raise its voice in support of environmental advocates who are suffering harassment or persecution for their peaceful actions on behalf of natural resources.
While the exact motive behind the assassination of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) co-founder will be the subject of an official investigation, it is public knowledge that Berta Cáceres had been threatened in connection with her work on behalf of Lenca rivers, lands and communities.
The letter can be accessed in the right-hand Downloads column.