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Rally: Justice for Berta Caceres

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 12:30 to 13:30

    Rally: Justice for Berta Caceres

    The murder of Honduran Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres on March 2, 2016 was both a tremendous loss and an important call to action around the world. 

    Join us in front of the Honduran Embassy in Ottawa at lunchtime on Wednesday June 15th at which time people around the world will be holding similar actions to demand justice for the murder of Berta Cáceres and the attempted murder of Mexican activist Gustavo Castro; justice and safety for Berta’s organization - the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) - that continues the difficult fight to defend Lenca territory from large-scale hydroelectric and mining projects; and justice for the Honduran people who have been living in a climate of violence, corruption and impunity since the 2009 military-backed coup.

    We will join with many others around the world to demand:

    1. The immediate establishment of an independent investigative group under the auspices of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to clarify this vile crime and ensure the prosecution of all material and intellectual authors;
    2. Full implementation of IACHR precautionary measures for the Cáceres family and COPINH;
    3. Demilitarization of Lenca territory;
    4. The immediate and definitive cancellation of the concession granted to DESA company, constructor of the Hydroelectric Project "Agua Zarca" in Rio Blanco for lack of the Lenca people’s free, prior and informed consent.

    We will also recall how - despite the climate of violence and impunity - the Canadian government entered into a free trade agreement with Honduras, while lobbying for a mining code that favours companies and puts people and the environment at risk. In this context, we will also reiterate our call for an investigation into the Canadian government’s role in Honduras during and since the 2009 coup. 

    Berta did not die, she multiplied! 

    "Let us wake up, humanity, we have run out of time!" - Berta Cáceres

    Embassy of Honduras
    151 Slater St.
    K1P 5H3 Ottawa , Ontario
    Ontario CA