At the end of January, Global Witness launched the results of its two-year investigation into the political and economic forces behind a murderous crackdown on Hondurans who take a stand against extractive or energy projects on their land. The report aims to bring to light new evidence of corrupt and criminal acts carried out on behalf of some of the country’s highest ranking politicians and businesspeople, who are profiting from the projects at the heart of killings and attacks.
More than 120 environmental or land activists have been killed since 2010 in Honduras – making it the most dangerous place to defend the planet. The report contains fresh evidence in the case of Berta Cáceres, a high-profile activist who campaigned for the defence of indigenous land rights, and who in early 2016 was shot dead in her home town in Honduras, less than a year after she was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize - a prestigious award recognizing grassroots environmental activists from around the world.
Please join Global Witness’ Billy Kyte, Head of the Environmental and Land Defenders campaign, to hear more about the findings and how US aid and international investments in major development projects such as mining, hydropower, agro-business and the luxury tourism industry are fuelling the violence.
Date: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Venue: Global Witness, Lloyds Chambers, 1 Portsoken Street, London, E1 8BT (nearest station: Tower Hill or Aldgate)
Time: 8.00 – 9.15am
A light breakfast will be provided
We look forward to seeing you there. Should you have any further questions about this event or any of the other work of Global Witness, please do not hesitate to contact me.