High-ranking politicians and business tycoons are implicated in a wave of violence against environmental activists in Honduras, according to an investigation by the anti-corruption group Global Witness, which says the country’s elites are using criminal methods to terrorize communities with impunity. At least 123 land and environmental activists have been murdered in Honduras since a military coup d’état in 2009 forced out the populist president Manuel Zelaya; many of the victims have been members of the indigenous and rural communities opposing mega-projects on their territories. This has made Honduras the most dangerous country in the world today for environmental and land rights defenders.

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