Latin America

Berta Cáceres’ murder and the perilous condition of environment activists in Honduras

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Honduras is considered as the most violent nation on earth with approximately 104 homicides per 100 000 inhabitants, compared to an average of one murder per 100 000 people in Great-Britain. This exceptional situation severely impacts on the Honduran civil society. The latest advocate of indigenous rights for the Lenca people and defender of the environment who lost its life, was forty-four years old Berta Cáceres. 

 

Abortion recognized as a right by the UN Human Rights Committee but not in Zika infested's Latin American countries

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The case dates back to 2001 when a 17-year-old Peruvian girl was pregnant and that doctors found out that the fetus had anencephaly which would cause fatal birth defect. Although abortion was permitted for medical reasons in Peru, the hospital refused pregnancy termination because the State had not provided clear regulations for providing the service. The teenage girl was forced to carry the pregnancy to full term and witnessed helpless her baby die four days after giving birth.

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