“Justice for Berta” is a rallying cry that has echoed across Honduras and around the world since the murder of iconic Indigenous water defender Berta Cáceres.
The Lenca leader was recognized internationally with a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to stop construction of the Agua Zarca dam on a river considered sacred and vital to the rights of her people. Back home, Berta got death threats. Then gunmen entered her home on March 2, 2016 and shot her to death.
In a country where impunity for such crimes is the norm - and a green light for more deadly violence - at long last there has been a breakthrough.
On December 2, seven men were sentenced to between 30 and 50 years in jail for their roles in the killing of Berta.