Justice for Berta!

On March 3rd 2016, Honduran feminist, Indigenous and environmental justice movement leader Berta Cáceres, co-founder of COPINH (Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), was assassinated at night in her home in a horrific violent repression against the grassroots campaign that Berta waged that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.

 

Berta was outspoken against the US State Department-backed 2009 coup, which ousted the progressive President Manuel Zelaya, and directly heightened conditions for repression against activists protecting their communities.  Women who have been at the forefront of grassroots and Indigenous movements also bear the brunt of violence to their communities, lands, and bodies. The assassination of Berta Cáceres and the continued harassment and violence on environmental and human rights activists puts a spotlight on US policies abroad.  The US State Department trained and aided the military, and admits that a coup did take place in 2009.  The US still has a heavy hand in the political affairs of the country.

 

The US State Department is still supporting the Honduran government, which has impeded the investigation into Berta’s murder.

 

We demand that the US State Department pressure the Honduran government to allow for an independent investigation into the murder of Berta Cáceres, led by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and an immediate end to US military training and military aid to Honduras.  

 

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