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Directors of COHDEFOR in Bonito Oriental, assassinated

Jose Antonio Cardoz and Jose Concepcion Carias, both around 50-years-old, were killed at noon March 18th by unidentified individuals who opened fire with a shotgun as the campesinos were driving home after a day’s work in Bonito Oriental.

The two farmers were leaders in the Brisa Cooperative of the Honduran Forest Development Corporation (COHDEFOR), and had received death threats from the alleged land owner, Carlos Diaz. For the past 4 years about 25 families have occupied and inhabited about 60 acres that were once property of COHDEFOR.

In the context of agrarian conflict, landowners in the area have stepped repression, threats and intimidation against rural families occupying land in dispute. Now, two new victims are added to the list of murders.