Court files stolen in case of murdered Honduran land rights activist: UN | Land Portal
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By: Chris Arsenault

Date: October 4th 2016

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

"If this is how the state is handling evidence in the case, then how can we trust their final outcome?"

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Court papers relating to the murder of high-profile Honduran land rights activist Berta Caceres have been stolen, the United Nations said, urging government officials to quickly recover the documents and investigate how the theft occurred.

Local media reported that the documents were stolen on Sept. 29 in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

Caceres, who had received death threats over her work campaigning against the encroachment of hydroelectric dams and mines on indigenous lands, was killed in March.

It is unclear how the theft of the documents will affect the prosecution of the case in the Central American country, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

"If this is how the state is handling evidence in the case, then how can we trust their final outcome?" said Candido Mezua Salazar, a colleague of the environmental rights activist.

"Immediate action is needed to safeguard the rights of communities living in Honduras," Salazar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation via email late on Monday following the release of the U.N. statement.


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