June 15: Justice for Berta Global Day of Action
Posted on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:50am
On June 15th, we join the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and thousands of people around the world to say #JusticiaParaBerta!
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A Message From COPINH:
To all organizations, social and popular movements and to the civil society of the world:
The death of Berta Caceres has filled us with indignation. Pain is with us, but also accompanies us the strength of her thoughts, her work, and the necessity of justice. The principles she fought are the ones that will save this humanity, so we ask and call you to participate in a protest action in which our voices unite to demand justice for Berta Caceres, justice for Gustavo Castro, justice for COPINH and justice for the Honduran people.
On June 15 in Honduras organizations and social movements, institutions, ordinary people will march to demand the immediate establishment of an independent research group that, in a transparent, thorough and comprehensive way, investigate the murder of our sister and companion.
This day we want our sisters and brothers in other countries of the world to join us conducting protest actions against the embassies of Honduras in their countries demanding the following:
1. The immediate establishment of an independent research group led by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to clarify this vile crime and ensure the prosecution of all those responsible.
2. The immediate and definitive cancellation of the concession granted to DESA company, constructor of the Hydroelectric Project "Agua Zarca" in Rio Blanco.
The actions taken by the Honduran government and its agencies do not lead to justice, on the contrary are ensuring that this crime go unpunished.
Let's get together and put an stop to death, impunity and injustice.
With the ancestral force of Berta, Lempira, Mota, Etempica and Iselaca
we raise our voices full of justice, freedom, dignity and peace!
Justice for Berta is justice for the world!
Let us Wake up, humanity, we are out of time!
Berta Cáceres, a Lenca woman, was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras. Over 20 years ago, she co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH, a grassroots organization of workers, women, Indigenous people and campesinos. Cáceres led the successful campaign that defeated one of Central America's biggest hydropower projects, the Agua Zarca cascade of four giant dams in the Gualcarque River basin.
On March 2, 2016, Berta Cáceres's life was taken from her and those who loved her when armed gunmen stormed into her home and shot her.
Berta's mother and her three daughters are calling for an independent investigation into her assassination. While the Honduran government has arrested five people in connection with her murder, Berta’s family is still being shut out of the investigation process. Our support is still needed, more than ever, to keep the pressure on.
Our movements in the US have an important role to play in holding the US accountable for ongoing support of the military regime that took power in the 2009 coup that led to this wave of violent repression against popular movements. The US State Department is still supporting the Honduran government, which has impeded the investigation into Berta’s murder.
Join the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and the World March of Women- US chapter in continuing to call on the State Department to stop aid and training to the Honduran military and support the family’s call for the independent investigators led by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
We honor Berta's life, her work as a mother, a feminist, an environmental activist, a human rights defender, an Indigenous leader, and her fight for everyone's right to be happy. We honor her mother and her daughters who are vigilant in their demand for justice.
¡Berta Cáceres Vive! ¡La Lucha Sigue!
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Contact Helena at helena[at]ggjalliance.org for more information, and if your organization would like to participate.