COPINH also noted that Urquia's homicide had taken place four months and four days after the murder of its leader, Berta Caceres Flores, adding that it "confirms an ongoing plan to disappear those of us who, organized in COPINH, defend nature's common goods.
Caceres co-founded COPINH in 1993 with former husband and Lenca leader Salvador Zuniga.
Just 12 days after Caceres was gunned down, another COPINH leader, Nelson Garcia, was murdered in Santa Cruz de Yojoa, a city in the northern department of Cortes, bordering Guatemala, 200 kilometers northwest of Tegucigalpa (NotiCen, March 31, 2016).
COPINH and local media have said that Garcia was killed by security agents while taking part in a community effort to prevent a land eviction carried out by police and military personnel in the nearby town of Rio Lindo.
In a lengthy statement issued three days after the murder, COPINH warned that local authorities were manipulating the investigation, demanded an independent inquiry, and called on Honduran authorities to sign an agreement with the IACHR.
We denounce that the Honduran state is focusing its investigation on holding members of COPINH themselves responsible," it said.
On March 5, the Spanish news agency EFE reported on the arrest of a man named Tomas Gomez as a suspect in the murder, adding that according to the brief police report, Gomez was a member of COPINH.
JOH's government is responsible for the murder of Berta Caceres because it did not protect her and for keeping the Honduran people under a dictatorship, because it protects impunity and favors the interests of those he represents at the expense of the Honduran people," COPINH said in a press release titled "One Year of Impunity.
In the press release COPINH charged that the armed forces "train murderers and death squad members who, for crumbs, end the lives of peoples and communities.
Vengo de una comunidad lenca, de Manasapa, Intibuca, y miembra de la organizacion de COPINH [Consejo Civico de Organizaciones Populares e Indigenas de Honduras].
Pero entonces yo presente mi curriculo a lo que es la organizacion de COPINH y .
Bueno, yo mencione que yo trabajaba en la organizacion COPINH.