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El asesinato de Berta Cáceres/Berta Cáceres' Assassination
General Coordinator/Coordinador, COPINH, Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras  

Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres Died in Gustavo Castro Soto's Arms; Now His Life is in Danger  3/8/2016 Democracy Now: "At the time of her assassination, Cáceres was with Gustavo Castro Soto, another well-known environmental campaigner and coordinator of Friends of the Earth Mexico. He witnessed the shooting and sustained two bullet wounds. Now, human rights activists say the Honduran government is detaining Castro without cause and refusing him permission to return to his native Mexico."

Berta Cáceres: her fight for human rights in Honduras continues  3/8/2016 Ecologist: "Early in the morning on 3rd March, the day of Berta Cáceres' murder, witnesses saw hit men from DESA in a blue Ford 150 vehicle near La Esperanza, and heard them speaking ill of Berta Cáceres. • on 25th February, during the forced eviction of COPINH Lenca families in Jarcia, Guinse, Intibuca, by the police and military, a member of the National Direction of Criminal Investigation (DGIC in Spanish) police unit harassed Berta Cáceres and told her that they would not be responsible if anything happened to her. • on 20th February, during COPINH's protest against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, the vice-mayor of San Francisco de Ojuera publicly asked that Berta Cáceres be killed."

Hidroeléctricas: Berta Cáceres, en el Día de la Mujer  3/8/2016 La Estrella, Panama: "La mataron los que no defienden el ambiente, los que miran para otro lado, los que se prestan para realizar, pagar y abalar estudios de impacto ambiental ilícitos, los que firmaron esos contratos cobrando a los concesionarios privados el uso de nuestro recurso hídrico nacional a unos vergonzosos 0.0000383 de centavos por metro cúbico, los que se reparten y aceptan coimas, los que abusan de su autoridad, los que financian los proyectos, los que se repartieron las concesiones como barajas para jugar ‘Péscalo', el que calla, el que no denuncia, el que no sanciona, el que construye las hidroeléctricas destruyendo ríos, el que no custodia nuestro patrimonio arqueológico, aquel al que no le duele que dejen como caudal ecológico un mísero 10 %; dejando sedientas las piedras, el que defiende las hidroeléctricas sabiendo que ya no son rentables, el que no hace buen uso de la electricidad y las despilfarra, el que no dice ¡basta ya!"

Berta Cáceres: Denouncing the structures of terror  3/7/2016 Huff Post: by Eric Holt Gimenez, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy - "The point of terror, of course, is to immobilize people with fear. It is used to send a message to the peasant and indigenous communities being brutally displaced by the expansion of sugar cane, palm oil and soy plantations, by dams and by land speculators. The message is simple: do not resist."

Gustavo Castro en riesgo en la comunidad de La Esperanza, Honduras  3/7/2016 Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo extractivo Minero: "A pesar de todas las solicitudes a distintas instancias, para que esta nueva declaración se hiciera en las mejores condiciones paran su seguridad física y psicológica dentro de la Embajada de México o en Tegucigalpa, la Fiscalía General de Honduras decidió que se tenía que hacer en La Esperanza, lo que representa un alto riesgo para su integridad física y psicológica. Les pedimos exigir junto con nosotros la seguridad de Gustavo Castro durante todo el proceso de ampliación de su declaración y durante su llegada a la Embajada de México en Tegucigalpa. Exigimos al gobierno de Honduras que cumpla con su promesa de levantar la alerta migratoria que pusieron sobre su persona para que Gustavo Castro pueda salir inmediatamente de Honduras terminado este último proceso judicial requerido sin que haya ningún otro motivo ni acción que se lo impida."

Internationally Recognized Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Murdered in Honduras  3/7/2016 Truth Out: "Berta is someone that spent her entire life struggling, not just for Lenca indigenous people, but also for the Honduran social movement, women, for afro-indigenous peoples, for campesinos, and she was always one of the most outspoken activists. It is very clear that what she was and why she was doing it. And so, her killers and the Honduran state that failed to protect her, they've made a very strategic decision to take her life."

ONU destaca papel de la líder indígena Berta Cáceres  3/7/2016 teleSUR: "Durante el acto celebrado en La Paz (capital) indígenas peruanas condenaron el asesinato de la dirigente social y destacaron el valor de tantas mujeres, que como Cáceres, han tenido papeles importantes en la sociedad. La colombiana Ana Angarita otorgó de manera muy especial una mención post mortem a Berta Cáceres, una mujer que dedicó su vida a luchar por los derechos de los pueblos originarios de su país. A su juicio, Cáceres fue una "gran líder que ya había recibido amenazas de muerte por sus luchas"."

Slain Honduran activist laid to rest as daughters call for independent inquiry  3/6/2016 CNN: "Earlier, Honduran Security Minister Julian Pacheco said police had made at least one arrest in the case and had an eyewitness to the shooting under witness protection. Honduras was the most deadly country for environmental activists last year, according to watchdog Global Witness. The country also has one of the world's highest homicide rates."

Gustavo Castro, el mexicano lesionado en ataque a líder indígena de Honduras  3/5/2016 24 hrs Mexico: "Se trata del sociólogo y ex jesuita, Gustavo Castro Soto, integrante de la Organización Otros Mundos Chiapas/Amigos de La Tierra México, la Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA) y el Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero (M4), Es autor del libro Las Aguas Negras de la Coca Cola."

Alerta: manipulación de investigación en el crimen contra Bertita  3/5/2016 Pasos de animal grande: "La Plataforma de Movimientos Sociales y Populares de Honduras (PMSPH) y la Coalición Contra la Impunidad (CI), en relación al asesinato Bertha Cáceres, ALERTA a la comunidad nacional e internacional sobre los siguientes extremos."

Remembering Berta Cáceres, Assassinated Honduras Indigenous & Environmental Leader  3/4/2016 Democracy Now: "In our worldviews, we are beings who come from the Earth, from the water and from corn. The Lenca people are ancestral guardians of the rivers, in turn protected by the spirits of young girls, who teach us that giving our lives in various ways for the protection of the rivers is giving our lives for the well-being of humanity and of this planet. COPINH, walking alongside people struggling for their emancipation, validates this commitment to continue protecting our waters, the rivers, our shared resources and nature in general, as well as our rights as a people. Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction."

Who Killed Berta Cáceres?  3/4/2016 Huff Post: "But we need to call out the actors who share a moral responsibility for the murder of our friend and partner: • the Honduran government, which leads the country with the world's worst track record of environmental killings, and which did not protect Berta Cáceres even though it had been ordered to do so by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights; • the dam builder, Desarrollos Energéticos S. A (DESA), which has close contacts with the country's security forces and has orchestrated an intimidation campaign against Berta Cáceres in recent months; • and finally, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), FMO, Finnfund and Voith-Siemens, the funders and corporations which underwrite the Agua Zarca Project with their loans and equipment contracts."

Murder of activist Berta Cáceres sparks violent clashes in Honduras  3/4/2016 The Guardian: "The police initially reported the case as an attempted robbery, but the victim’s family believe the killing was an assassination ordered by people behind the dam project. Cáceres and other members of the group she founded – the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (Copinh) – have been in conflict with the operators Desa, the local mayor, police and soldiers. Last week, members of the group were detained and threatened, Copinh said in a statement."

Berta Cáceres, Honduran activist, killed  3/4/2016 CNN: "But even as authorities vowed to investigate and apprehend whoever is responsible, activists pointed to the killing as a troubling sign that officials haven't done enough. Honduran authorities were supposed to protect Cáceres, La Via Campesina -- an organization representing peasants, farmers and indigenous groups -- said in a statement. "That same state of Honduras took measures to persecute Bertha Cáceres for her struggle against foreign companies that destroy natural resources," the group said."

Garífunas protestan por la muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo, Honduras: "Miembros de comunidades garífunas se manifestaron la tarde de este viernes en las calles de La Esperanza, Intibucá, en demanda que se esclarezca el crimen de la activista hondureña Berta Caceres. "No mas impunidad", exclamaron los manifestantes, provenientes de Atlántida y Colón, al nororiente de Honduras."

Una multitud despedirá con cariño mañana a dirigente Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "El cariño que cosechó la ambientalista Berta Cáceres con su labor en pro del medio ambiente y la defensa de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas se ve reflejada en el velatorio que se lleva a cabo en el barrio El Calvario de La Esperanza, Intibucá. Es una despedida multitudinaria. Las personas tienen que hacer fila para poder ver el férretro y decirle las palabras de adiós a la lidereza que luchó con coraje y valentía por los derechos de los demás."

Communiqué des mouvements sociaux haïtiens à l’occasion du tragique assassinat politique de Berta Caceres tuée le 3 mars 2016  3/4/2016 CADTM: "Les organisations haïtiennes exigent que les droits des peuples indigènes du Honduras soient respectés en particulier des peuples Lenca et Garifuna qui luttent pour leurs droits à la terre face aux expulsions liées aux mégaprojets et aux entreprises de prédation des entreprises transnationales. Les droits environnementaux et ceux reconnus par la Convention 168 de l’OIT qui engagent l’État du Honduras doivent être respectés. Nous exigeons la libération des prisonniers, le démantèlement des groupes paramilitaires et l’arrêt des persécutions constantes contre les défenseurs des droits humains dans ce pays. La mort de notre amie Berta Caceres doit servir de point de rupture pour mettre fin à l’impunité et à la criminalisation des militants pacifistes, écologistes et féministes."

Capturan a sospechoso del crimen de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 teleSUR: "El Gobierno confirmó la captura en un comunicado emitido la noche del jueves en el que asegura que cuenta con dos testigos del suceso, entre ellos, el mexicano Gustavo Castro, director de la organización Otros Mundos Chiapas, quien se encontraba en Honduras para dictar conferencias sobre energías alternativas y resultó herido durante el ataque a Cáceres. "Un sospechoso del crimen” está bajo custodia policial, señala el reporte gubernamental, el otro testigo está bajo la figura de protección. "

Cohep rechaza señalamientos por asesinato de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo: "El Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (Cohep) rechazó este viernes, a través de un comunicado, los señalamientos en su contra por la muerte de la líder indígena y defensora del medio ambiente, Berta Cáceres. Cohep reaccionó luego que en las redes sociales circulara un video donde la expresidenta de ese ente, Aline Flores, acusara a Cáceres de boicotear e impedir junto a un grupo de campesinos un proyecto de energía renovable."

Cepal exige justicia por muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 El Heraldo: "Un cartel en Ciudad de Guatemala exige justicia por el asesinato de la dirigente indígena hondureña Berta Cáceres. EFE. Un cartel en Ciudad de Guatemala exige justicia por el asesinato de la dirigente indígena hondureña Berta Cáceres. EFE. Santiago, Chile La Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (Cepal) condenó el asesinato de la dirigente indígena y líder ambientalista hondureña Berta Cáceres y exigió que se haga justicia."

Berta Cáceres: Un alma indomable  3/4/2016 ADITAL: "Durante toda mi vida he estado consciente de lo que puede pasar estando en esta lucha, como también estoy consciente de que nos estamos enfrentando a un poder oligarca, banquero, financiero y transnacional, así como al mismo Estado de Honduras y a sus cuerpos represivos, que históricamente se han plegado a los intereses de las grandes empresas transnacionales. ¡No me doblegarán!” (Berta Cáceres, junio de 2013)."

Cientos de indignados activistas velan a ambientalista asesinada en Honduras  3/4/2016 Publinews: fotos

Assassination of Berta Cáceres sparks outrage  3/4/2016 Common Frontiers: with list of supporting organizations - "On October 1, 2014, Canada implemented a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras despite opposition from civil society and labour organizations. The deal provided diplomatic and economic backing to an undemocratic government responsible for widespread human rights abuses, political violence that has generated massive inequality. We call on the government of Canada to condemn the murder, and to call on the Honduran government to support an independent, international investigation into the murder."

Interrogan a tres personas tras la muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: ""Debido a la insistencia de los compañeros de que (Aureliano Molina) no atendiera dicho requerimiento, fue acompañado por su padre Aureliano Molina y su cuñado", sigue diciendo el comunicado. "En este momento el Copinh se encuentra en estado de alerta, temiendo por la integridad de Gustavo Castro y los integrantes de la organización que viven en constante acoso por oponerse al despojo de su territorio". Agrega que "fue llevado a la Jefatura Policial de la localidad y hasta el momento está detenido como supuesto sospechoso del asesinato. Se ha preguntado cuáles son los cargos que se le imputan, respondiendo a la organización que no hay dichos cargos pero se tienen 24 horas para hacer la investigación"."

Berta Cáceres, una mártir más de los grupos ambientalistas  3/3/2016 La Tribuna, Honduras: "“Despertemos, despertemos humanidad”, fue el grito de la líder indígena, Berta Cáceres, durante la entrega del premio Goldman Environmental que marcó la lucha de la ambientalista hondureña."

Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Assassinated, Won Goldman Environmental Prize  3/3/2016 Democracy Now: "According to Global Witness, Honduras has become the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. Between 2010 and 2014, 101 environmental campaigners were killed in the country. In 2015 Berta Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s leading environmental award. In awarding the prize, the Goldman Prize committee said, “In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam."

Murdered While She Slept: Shocking Death of Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Leader and Activist  3/3/2016 Indian Country: "Cáceres was the Director of the National Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which has been in the forefront of protests against the dam being constructed by the DESA Company of Honduras. Cáceres and other activists assert that the Agua Zarca project would cause great harm to the Lenca community known as Rio Blanco through displacement of the people and environmental damage to an area considered sacred by the Lenca. In a press statement from 2013 Cáceres outlined the reasons for the protests. “There is a displacement of the population that has traditionally lived on those lands, practically an eviction,” Cáceres said. “...DESA [of Honduras] and SINOHYDRO (a transnational Chinese hydroelectric project builder no longer involved in the project) have exerted brutal pressure against the communities, with maneuvers such as co-opting leaders and the offering of bribes, and on the other hand repression, systematic harassment, and the occupation of the territory by the army, the police and security guards and gang members."

Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Murdered  3/3/2016 Prensa Latina: "According to sources contacted by the multi-state Telesur channel, the attack against Caceres, a coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras (Copinh), took place in the early hours of the morning, when several armed men forced down the door of her home, shot her and wounded her brother, Awarded the Goldman Prize in 2015, the highest recognition for environmental activists, Caceres was also a renowned human rights defender. She fought the expropriation of the ancestral lands of the Lenca people and the establishment of U.S. military bases on their territory, which is located in western Honduras. Her last fight was directed against a hydroelectric project in the town of Rio Blanco, approved by the government without a prior consultation."

Hypocrisy surrounds the murder of Berta Cáceres in Honduras  3/3/2016 The Guardian: "She is the latest in a long line of victims in Honduras since a coup, sponsored by the US and supported by the then secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, overthrew the reformist President Mel Zelaya in 2009. Human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, trade unionists, gay rights activists and political opponents of subsequent regimes have been singled out for abduction, disappearance, torture and murder in a climate of almost complete impunity. Particularly shocking is a femicide rate that increased by 260% between 2005 and 2013. In 2014, 513 women were killed and in 2015 it was estimated that a woman lost her life every 16 hours. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, impunity “perpetuates the social acceptance of violence against women”."

Honduran Indigenous Group Sues Mayor over Hydroelectric Project  11/30/2015 teleSUR: "The people of Lenca, the country's largest indigenous group, had planned a peaceful protest in front of San Francisco de Ojuera City Hall against the works initiated on the river Gualcarque without their consent. However, officers from the National Police temporarily detained the buses transporting the activists, while bulldozers had “broken” the public roads leading to San Francisco de Ojuera, creating ditches of almost two meters (see photos), claimed the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH, in a statement. The organization informed it filed a lawsuit against DESA Corporation and against the city's mayor, Raul Pineda, who they claim sent bulldozers to break the road."


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