#Justice For Berta! CALL FOR ALL THE CO-AUTHORS OF HER MURDER TO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE
As long as the people who ordered, planned and paid for the murder of Berta Cáceres are allowed to escape justice, no human rights defender in Honduras is safe.
The renowned Indigenous rights and river defender was gunned down in her home on March 2, 2016. She had reported death threats which coincided with efforts to stop construction of a hydroelectric dam that Indigenous communities opposed because of its impacts on their rights and access to water.
After an enormous outcry inside and outside Honduras, 7 men were finally brought to trial and jailed for their involvement in the contract killing of Berta. It was an important half-step forward in a country of massive corruption and injustice.
Yet six years later, the people who masterminded the killing still have not been brought to justice, despite evidence and the findings of respected independent experts. In July 2021, David Castillo, former manager of the company building the dam, was found guilty as a “co-author”. He has not been sentenced and other “co-authors” have yet to be prosecuted.
Berta’s family and her organization COPINH have appealed for us to raise our voices with them to demand justice for everyone behind the killing. Messages from Canada carry weight in Honduras.
Send a message for Justice for Berta and for the protection of all who risk their lives to continue Berta’s vital work for human rights and the environment!