The NLG Task Force on the Americas authored this letter to US Ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, in response to the murders of two human rights activists, attorney José Nicolás Bernárdez and Judge Lenin Castañeda, on March 14, 2014. As the letter states:
"Practicing law is a high risk profession in Honduras. According to the website Infosurhoy.com, 67 lawyers were killed between January 2010 and November 2013. These killings occur in a climate of pervasive impunity; only nine of these cases have gone to trial. Roy Urtecho, president of the Bar Association of Honduras has said, 'some lawyers are no longer interested in practicing their profession . . . because they are scared for their lives.'"
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