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#JusticeForBerta Still Urgently Needed on an Important Anniversary

Posted in: Activism Guide, Honduras
    Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 22:39

    March 2nd marks 5 years since the assassination of beloved indigenous rights and river defender Berta Cáceres in Honduras.

    The inspiring Lenca leader was internationally recognized for her determined efforts to stop construction of a dam on the Gualcarque River that Indigenous communities opposed for violating their rights. Berta was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the ‘Green Nobel’, for her leadership of this struggle. To learn more, watch a 5-minute video about why Berta was awarded the prize and listen to Berta's inspiring words at the acceptance ceremony.

    The anniversary is an important moment to make visible international support for the courageous defenders who risk their lives to continue the vital human rights work for which Berta was killed.

    The anniversary also calls on us to raise our voices yet again to insist that everyone responsible for the assassination of Berta Caceres is identified and brought to justice. 

    Sustained pressure from inside and outside Honduras has been successful in overcoming entrenched impunity and ensuring that seven men involved in carrying out the contract killing of Berta were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison sentences (read more in this blog).

    Yet those who ordered, plotted and paid for the crime have so far escaped accountability, despite ample evidence of their involvement. Until full accountability is achieved, there is little hope of stopping ongoing deadly violence against defenders of land, Indigenous rights and the environment. Honduras remains one of the most dangerous countries in the hemisphere for these defenders and the Indigenous peoples they represent.



    Berta’s organization COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, invites everyone to join a global Twitter Storm on March 2nd starting at 11 am EST (10 am in Honduras). The goal is to express solidarity on the 5th anniversary of the killing of Berta and support COPINH's calls for the masterminds to be brought to justice. Tweet a photo or video message. Use the hashtags: #JusticeforBerta #JusticiaParaBerta #5AñosJuntoABerta or #5YearsWithBerta and tag @COPINHHONDURAS as well as Honduran authorities. See the sample tweets below.





    CLICK HERE FOR AN EMAIL ACTION that enables you to deliver your message to authorities in less than 3 minutes - and enables us to tally how many messages have been sent!


    Write a personal message to the Ambassador of Honduras in Canada. Personal letters carry extra weight.

    • Express your concern that 5 years since the murder of Berta Cáceres, the masterminds have yet to be brought to justice. 
    • Support the rights of Berta’s family and her organization COPINH to the truth and justice.
    • Call for independent, timely, thorough, impartial investigation of all the evidence so as to identify and bring to justice everyone who was involved in planning the murder of Berta, no matter how powerful they may be. 
    • Urge that the judicial process is transparent, and that public access is guaranteed, including the presence of journalists and observers.
    • Also urge the Honduran government to publicly recognize the legitimate work of COPINH to defend justice and Indigenous rights without fear of harm.

    Send your letter to:

    Ambassador Sofia Lastenia Cerrato Rodriguez
    Embassy of the Republic of Honduras
    130 Albert Street, Suite 805
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4

    Send a copy to:

    Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs
    House of Commons 
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

    Thank you for taking solidarity action!

    Berta's family and COPINH are counting on us ... to keep up the pressure for truth and justice, for Berta and for all who follow in her footsteps to protect water, life and dignity without fear of harm.