Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, March 4, 2016

Contact: Peter Galvin, (707) 986-2600,

Statement on Murder of Honduran Environmentalist and Human Rights Activist Berta Cáceres

TUCSON, Ariz.— Peter Galvin, director of programs at the Center for Biological Diversity, released this statement today about the murder of Honduran environmentalist and human rights activist Berta Cáceres:

“We are deeply saddened by the brutal and senseless killing of Berta Cáceres. She was a tireless advocate for indigenous rights and environmental justice. She fought for a better world for Central Americans and all of us. Any murder is deplorable but it’s especially heinous when it involves someone who has dedicated her life to such critical causes.

“Cáceres was recently awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to stop one of the world’s largest dams, the Agua Zarca. The project would have profound consequences for the region’s residents, including the Lenca people. Cáceres spoke out with dignity and compassion in the face of difficult odds. Her work drew wide admiration and must be carried on.

“We’re calling on law enforcement authorities to fully investigate this deplorable crime and bring those responsible to justice. Her fight is shared by those around the world who struggle to protect human dignity, wildlife, wild places and cultural diversity. Violence perpetrated against those who pursue these causes is unacceptable and must be condemned not just in Central America but around the world.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 990,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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