Backers of Honduran Dam Opposed by Murdered Activist Withdraw Funding

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Backers of Honduran Dam Opposed by Murdered Activist Withdraw Funding

Dam was one of hundreds of projects sanctioned after 2009 military coup

Hondurans demand justice for Berta Cáceres on 17 August 2016 in Tegucigalpa.  Her murder last year triggered international outrage and piled pressure on the international backers to pull out of the Agua Zarca dam project amid a campaign of intimidation against communities opposed to it. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

The international funders behind the hydroelectric dam opposed by murdered Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres are withdrawing from the project, the Guardian can reveal.

Three financial institutions had pledged loans worth $44m for the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river, which is considered sacred by the Lenca people and which Caceres campaigned against before her death.

Her murder last year triggered international outrage and piled pressure on the international backers to pull out of the project amid a campaign of intimidation against communities opposed to the dam.

The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh) - the campaign group Caceres co-founded – has long demanded that investors withdraw and make reparations for the human rights violations linked to the project.

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