It appears the United States government is not the only one in the world with a ‘kill list.’

According to new reporting by the Guardian published Tuesday, U.S.-trained special forces units within the Honduras military are operating an assassination program—complete with a hitlist comprised of names and photos—that targets social justice and environmental activists with “elimination.”

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“Human rights violations are state policy in Honduras.”—Berta Zúñiga Cáceres,
daughter of slain activist Berta CáceresBased on testimony from a whistleblower and former soldier who refused to follow orders to target those on the list, fled the country, and now fears for his life, the newspaper reports that the list is distributed to two elite units along with orders to systematically assassinate each person on it.

The whistleblower, a 20-year old former First Sergeant from the Xatruch unit that operates on the Caribbean coast, asked to be referred to by the pseudonym Rodrigo Cruz for fear of reprisal.

“If I went home, they’d kill me. Ten of my former colleagues are missing,” Cruz told the Guardian.

Prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres was at the top of that list before her assassination in March, Cruz said.

Prior to her murder, Cáceres herself said she believed such a hit list existed and that she was on in it. She blamed the U.S., specifically then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton, for turning a blind eye to the right-wing government that took over in a military coup in 2009 and the surge in human rights violations by security forces that followed.

“I’m 100 percent certain that Berta Cáceres was killed by the army,” Cruz told the Guardian.

The newspaper wrote:

“Cruz’s testimony suggests death squads are targeting political opposition, but the justice system is so broken, and directly controlled by figures implicated in corruption, that there is no one [in Honduras] who can credibly investigate,” Annie Bird, director of the group Rights and Ecology which documents human rights abuses in Honduras, told the Guardian.

Cruz’s statements strengthen the Cáceres family’s appeal for an independent international investigation into the Berta Cáceres’ death.