PROTECT INDIGENOUS LAND & WATER DEFENDERS AT GRAVE RISK IN HONDURAS
Fear spread through Honduras when award-winning environment defender and Lenca Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was gunned down in March 2016.
Now Berta’s daughter and other Indigenous leaders are under attack for refusing to be paralyzed, and instead courageously continuing to mobilize in defence of their rights, territory and the environment.
On June 30, machete-wielding assailants attacked the vehicle in which Berta’s daughter Bertha Isabel Zúniga Cáceres was travelling, along with Sotero Chavarría Fúnez and José Asunción Martínez.
RIGHTS AT RISK
The three are coordinators of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (known by its acronym COPINH), the coalition that had been led by Berta Cáceres before her assassination.
Bertha Isabel, Sotero and José managed to escape but suffered a second attack aimed at forcing their vehicle off the road.
Others are at risk too. On June 21, an armed man aimed a pistol at Francisco Javier Sánchez, also a COPINH coordinator, and threatened to kill his children. Around the same time, assailants tried to force the mother of Sotero Chavarria’s children into a car.
Please raise your voice to protect Bertha
Isabel, Sotero, José, Francisco Javier and all members of COPINH so they can
continue their vital defense of human rights.”
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