Cross-posted from COPINH
March 7, 2016, La Esperanza, department of Intibucá
The Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), five days after the assassination of Berta Cáceres
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, our organization faces harassment, criminalization and persecution, which led to the March 2 assassination and femicide of our general coordinator Berta Cáceres. We strongly condemn this terrible crime, which affects indigenous communities, civil society organizations, the women’s struggle, and the fight for life, especially of the Lenca people.
We invite all national and international organizations to mobilize on this International Women’s Day and dedicate your protests and marches to our compañera Berta Cáceres, as an expression of solidarity with our family and organization.
Cross-posted from Otros Mundos, Chiapas
To the President of Honduras
To the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras
We reject the Honduran Attorney General’s decision to prolong the migration alert that impedes human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto from leaving Honduras for another thirty days.
- To the Secretary of Human Rights, Justice, Interior, and Decentralization of Honduras
- To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Honduras
- To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
- For national and international attention
- To all organizations defending human rights
At present, the Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro Soto, Coordinator of Other Worlds AC/Friends of the Earth Mexico, is adding to his statement in La Esperanza, Intibucá, southeastern Honduras, where he was the victim of an assassination attempt in which indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres was murdered on March 3.
We are on HIGH ALERT because his departure from the Embassy of Mexico and transfer back to La Esperanza represent a high risk for his physical security and psychological wellbeing.
On Sunday March 6, upon trying to leave Honduras, legally and under the protection of the Mexican Embassy in Honduras, he was arbitrarily intercepted by Honduran authorities before passing through immigration at the Tegucigalpa International Airport. They detained him under the justification that he needed to expand upon his declaration, but without notifying him of this previously.
HONDURAS March 6, 2016
The Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) demands an investigation by independent and impartial experts to identify those physically responsible for the political assassination of Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores, General Coordinator of COPINH, as well as the intellectual authors of this crime. Specifically, we demand that the Honduran state sign an agreement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to send independent experts to conduct a clean, impartial, and transparent investigation.
Urgent Action: We urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres
Embassy of Honduras in Mexico
Mexican Consulate in Honduras
Inter American Commission on Human Rights
Early this morning, March 3, 2016, armed individuals forcibly entered and assassinated Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, founder of COPINH, in her home in La Esperanza, department of Intibucá in southwestern Honduras.
Our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro Soto was injured during the attack. Gustavo is Mexican and a member of the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas/Friends of the Earth-Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples and the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4). Gustavo survived the attack and has become a key actor in the investigation into the murder of our friend Berta.
By Anabela Lemos of Justiça Ambiental, Mozambique
Community members walk toward the Zambezi River in Tete Province, where land grabbing for coal mining has displaced people and impacted their food sovereignty. Photo: Justiça Ambiental.
This article was drawn from an interview with Anabela Lemos, and conducted, edited, and condensed by Simone Adler.
Anabela Lemos is Co-founder, Campaign Coordinator, and Board Member of Justiça Ambiental (JA), the Mozambique branch of Friends of the Earth.
To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local] knowledge. If the community structure is broken, if the land – the means of food production – is lost, we lose everything.
Missing from the public discussion of Hillary Rodham Clinton's record has been her work in Haiti, where she blatantly manipulated and threatened Haitian government officials to control electoral outcomes. In that country, too, she and her husband have led the way in promoting a sweatshop-led development model.
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