On February 6, 1995, Ms. Blanca Jeannette Kawas Fernández, president of the Foundation for the Protection of Lancetilla, Punta Sal, Punta Izopo and Texiguat was murdered. The organization was created to improve the quality of life for people who live within the watersheds of the Bahía de Tela region. Ms. Kawas Fernández denounced attempts by private individuals and entities to illegally appropriate Punta Sal, as well as the contamination of the lakes and the depredation of the forests in the region. The Court found that the State was directly responsible for Ms. Kawas Fernández's death and the subsequent lack of investigation that took place, violating the American Convention on Human Rights.
Case Summary: Kawas Fernández v. Honduras, Case Summary