Two years ago, Berta Cáceres, Lenca indigenous leader and coordinator of COPINH, was murdered in her residence in La Esperanza, Intibucá. Despite global outcry, justice still hasn’t been done*.
Unfortunately, Berta's was not an isolated case but the fate of many human rights defenders fighting for nature in Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries worldwide for such endeavor. The widespread violence and repression seen in the recent post-electoral crisis, as well as the contested elections themselves, raise deep concerns about the future of democracy and human rights in the Central American country.
Peoples’ mobilisation and resistance give us hope, as the struggle goes on.
On the second anniversary of her death, PBI joined 56 international NGOs urging the EU and its Member States to demand that the State of Honduras adopt all necessary measures to ensure that the material and intellectual actors of Berta Cáceres' murder are duly prosecuted, in line with European commitment on the protection of defending human rights.
*On Friday 2nd March, Honduran authorities arrested a high-ranking exectuive of the Hydroelectric company, DESA, that was pushing for the construction of the dam that Berta and her organisation were oppoosing. He was charged with helping plan the murder of Berta Caceres.