“Mejia and Vasquez joined the list of over a hundred of Tolupan Indigenous people murdered in the past decade. Their territory is being plundered by the illegal exploitation of wood and mining,” OFRANEH tweeted.
According to the Indigenous Lenca Independent Movement of La Paz-Honduras (MILPAH), at least 20 Indigenous defenders have been killed since 2015.
The murder of Berta Caceres, who was shot dead in her home in 2016, has been the most widely reported crime in the past years. Honduras’ Indigenous movements still demand justice for her and her family.
“Murders of Indigenous activists shows the absence of the rule of law in Honduras, which is one of the most dangerous countries on the planet for defenders of Mother Earth,” OFRANEH stated.