Justice for the murder of Berta Cáceres, feminist & indigenous woman human rights defender
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Berta Cáceres, – a Honduran woman human rights defender, indigenous leader and feminist – was brutally murdered while sleeping in her home in Intibucá, in the early morning on 3 March 2016. She was the director of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH, Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), which has been resisting DESA’s AguaZarca hydroelectric dam project.
One week before her death, Berta Cáceres denounced the murder of four leaders from her community, and threats made to other members of COPINH and communities who are struggling to protect the Gualcarque River.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested precautionary measures be taken to protect Berta, since prior to her murder she had been threatened, arbitrarily detained, and criminalized by people associated with DESA as well as public officials and entities associated with the Honduran State.
The Honduran public and international community demand an immediate investigation of this murder and punishment for those responsible. The Honduran State should recognize the contributions made by Berta Cáceres and the Lencan community in their struggle to defend the land and natural resources.
The Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders (IM-Defensoras) demands that:
-The Honduran State immediately investigate this crime, taking into account prior threats made. The investigation should be thorough and be overseen by international bodies; and those responsible must be punished.
-The Honduran State be non-discriminatory in its management of the investigation of the murder.
-Security and protection be provided for Berta Cáceres’ family and loved ones, as well as for the other human rights defenders of COPINH.
Ni una más! Justice for Berta!
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