Berta Caceres was a leader of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, which she co-founded in 1993. She was murdered on March 3, 2016. Honduras has one of the highest rates of killings of environmental defenders in the world—120 activists have been killed there since 2010. It also has very low rates of criminal justice enforcement: the vast majority of crimes are never solved. As a development strategy, the Honduran government designated almost 30 percent of its land for mining concessions, which in turn created a demand for cheap energy.
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