Berta Caceres was a beloved defender of Indigenous rights in Honduras. She received death threats as she led efforts to stop construction of the Agua Zarca hydro-electric project on the Gualcarque River, considered sacred by Lenca Indigenous communities and vital for their survival in their territory. Berta reported the threats. She was assassinated in her home on March 2, 2016. Bringing this horrific crime to justice is vital since impunity only fuels more killings of defenders of land, territory and the environment in Honduras. Indeed, the killings have continued in the three years since Berta’s murder. In November, 7 men were found guilty of involvement in the murder of Berta, including contract killers and people, including former military, connected to the company building the dam that Berta had challenged. Yet Berta’s family is concerned that evidence and lines of inquiry were suppressed that would have identified the masterminds who paid for and ordered the assassination.
On March 2, we invite Amnesty supporters to join a Global Day of Action called by Berta’s family and the coalition she led, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We are awaiting specific instructions from them but our goal will be to make visible our support for truth that tells the whole story and justice that brings the masterminds to account.
You can find out more about how you can help with the Global Day of Action to support the call for justice for Berta here