Condemn the murder of Honduran indigenous leader!

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Berta Cáceres was a firm defender of small farmers and indigenous peoples’ rights and an inspiring social activist, both at regional and continental level, in defense of social and environmental justice, She was murdered in her home on March 3, by “unknown” gunmen.

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Berta-CaceresInternational condemnation of the murder of indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras

(March 4, 2016 – Planet Earth)

Berta Cáceres, indigenous leader and spokesperson for more than 20 years of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras – Copinh), was murdered on March 3, while she was resting in her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá, about 188 km from Tegucigalpa, by “unknown” gunmen.

Berta Cáceres was a firm defender of small farmers and indigenous peoples’ rights and an inspiring social activist, both at regional and continental level, in defense of social and environmental justice, particularly against mining megaprojects and hydropower plants.
She had warned many times about Free Trade Agreements as part of the machinery of impunity of transnational corporations. Berta committed her life to health, land, against patriarchism and violence. She opposed the political coup d’etat of June 28, 2009; COPINH denounced the coup as an instrument of violence serving transnational corporations to exploit resources and to repress the dissent of social movements. Berta also opposed US military bases on Lenca territory.

In April 2015, Berta Cáceres was awarded the Goldman prize, one of the most prestigious awards for environmental defenders. She received it for her hard work in defense of the Lenca territory against the Agua Zarca Hydropower Project of the Chinese transnational SINOHYDRO and national company Desarrollo Energético Sociedad Anónima (DESA).

Lenca people had been denouncing for years the violation by corporations, military and governmental actors of the human right to water as source of life and culture.

Berta Cáceres had children and was assigned precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) which were not implemented by the state. Berta has been assassinated by a state which protects the interests of local capital and transnational corporations that have destroyed the territory. Berta’s commitment in favour of life, of those most in need, was the reason that several trials, investigations and threats were made against her.

The indigenous leader denounced many times death threats against her, and this was happening among a general violent context; 111 environmental activists in Honduras have been killed between 2002 and 2014, according to the 2014 report “¿Cuántos más?” of the ONG Global Witness. This makes Honduras the country with the highest rate of violence among the 17 countries analysed in the report. It also shows the architecture of impunity and violence of the large scale mining, of the hydroelectric business, among other activities in favour of private capital and complicit governments. According to the Honduras-based organization ACI-PARTICIPA (Asociación para la participación ciudadana en Honduras) more than 90% of assassinations and abuses in the country remain unpunished.

We firmly demand to the government of Honduras:

  • To put an end to impunity and hold a thorough investigation into the murder of Berta Cáceres, as well as into all other social and environmental justice activists.
  • To ensure the integrity, freedom and respect of the Human Rights of Gustavo Castro de Soto and of Aureliano Molina (arrested at the home of Berta Cáceres)
  • To suspend all projects that have been denounced by Human Rights defenders, among which the Hydropower plant Agua Zarca on Rio Blanco and the Blue Energy project on Rio Cangel.
  • All corporate & IFI financing and investment to be suspended for all Projects that have violated HHRR and where there has been no free prior and informed consent, according to ILO Convention 169.
  • To put an end to persecution and criminalization of Human Rights defenders and to implement with all precautionary measures for the integrity and safety of people.
    We express our solidarity and extend our condolences to the family and close friends of Berta Cáceres, to the Lenca people, and to the people of Honduras who suffer her irreparable loss.

Finally, we call for an international peoples’ mobilization and immediate denunciation of Berta’s assassination to the embassies and consulates of Honduras in our respective countries, to express our repudiation of such crimes and our firm demand of justice.


International organizations/networks

Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y el Caribe, ATALC
Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE)
Confederación Sindical de trabajadores y trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA)
International Rivers
CADTM (Comité para la Anulación de la Deuda del Tercer Mundo)
Carbon Trade Watch
European Water Movement
Friends of the Earth International (FOEI)
Focus on the Global South
Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity
Global Forest Coalition
International Association of Democratic Lawyers
International Peoples Conference on Mining (IPCM)
ISP Americas
Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL)
Oilwatch International
Red Centroamericana de Comunicación
Respect Network in Europe
Transnational Institute (TNI)
Transnational Migrant Platform
Women in Europe for a Common Future – WECF/WICF
WRM – Movimiento Mundial por los Bosques
Young Friends of the Earth Europe

National level

VIII Foro Social Panamazónico Perú
Acción Ecológica, Ecuador
Adhesiva Espai de trobada i acció
AESO Asociación de Ecología Social
AFRICANDO, de Ingenio, Gran Canaria, España
Aitec-IPAM, France
Alianza Internacional de habitantes, Pobladores Ac
Alianza Mexicana contra el Fracking
alterNativa Intercambio con Pueblos Indígenas, Estado español
Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) – Alliance Against Mining Philippines
Amigos da Terra Brasil
Amigos de la Tierra España/Friends of the Earth Spain
Amigos de la Tierra Argentina
Amis de la Terre, France
Armenian Women For Health And Healthy Environment NGO /AWHHE/
Articulação de Mulheres Brasileiras – AMB
Asamblea Ayotzinapa Catalunya
Asamblea Veracruzana de Iniciativas y Defensa Ambiental, México
ASiA-Assoc. Salut i Agroecologia/Ecologistes en Acció
Associació Amarna, València, Estado español
Asociación ciudadana ACCEDER, Costa Rica
Asociación de apoyo mutuo entre mujeres-Honduras – APOMUH
Asociación Qachuu Aloom, (Madre Tierra) Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
Asociación Raxch’ och’ Oxlaju Aj (Tierra Verde 13 Aj) AROAJ. Carcha, Alta Verapaz Guatemala
Asociación para la Investigación y Acción Social NOMADESC, Sur Occidente de Colombia
Asociación de Mujeres Corteras de la Caña, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Asociación de Mujeres y Hombres de Triana, Buenaventura, Colombia
Asociación Qachuu Aloom, (Madre Tierra) Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
Asociacion Raxch’ och’ Oxlaju Aj (Tierra Verde 13 Aj) AROAJ, Carcha, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Association de protection de l’environnement des Hautes-Laurentides (APEHL)
Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD
Associazione Ya Basta!, Italia
Associazione Jambo-commercio equo Fidenza ( Pr), Italia
ASTM – Projets Amérique Latine, Luxembourg
Atacama limpio, Chile
ATTAC Acordem, Catalunya
ATTAC Argentina
ATTAC Bizkaia
ATTAC España
ATTAC Germany
ATTAC France
ATTAC Fribourg, Switzerland
ATTAC Hungary
ATTAC Québec
ATTAC Ireland
ATTAC Wallonie Bruxelles
Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud de México
Bloque Verde
Blue Planet Project
Calala Fondo de Mujeres, Spain
Campaña Popular Palestina contra el Muro de Apartheid (Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign – Stop the Wall)
Capítulo Perú Movimientos al Alba
Ca la Dona, Catalunya, Estado español
CCJS, Switzerland
Centro de Documentación y Solidaridad con América Latina y África (CEDSALA), Valencia, Estado español
CENSAT Agua Viva – Amigos de la Tierra Colombia
Centre de Recherche et d’Education pour le Développement (CREPD), Cameroun
Centro de Derechos de Mujeres, Honduras
Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.” (CSMM)
Centro de Estudios y Apoyo al Desarrollo Local Bolivia
Centro de investigación de la comunicación (CINCO), Nicaragua
Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia (CEDIB)
Centro de Derechos Humanos y Alternativas Sociales Las Tepehuas A.C., México
Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación Práctica (CAAAP)
Centro de Estudios e Investigación sobre Mujeres CEIM, Málaga, Spain
Cercle des Premières Nations de l’UQAM, Canada
CGT del País Valencià y Murcia, España
Coalición de los Pueblos por la Soberanía Alimentaria, PCFS
Coalición Palestina de la Defensa de la Tierra (Palestinian Land Defense Coalition)
Coalición “Todos por Guatemala”, Canadá
Coalition pour que le Québec ait meilleure mine
COECOceiba Amigos de la Tierra Costa Rica
Col·lectiu Respostes a les transnacionals (RETS), Catalunya
Colectivo Revuelta Verde
Collectif Venezuela 13 Avril, Bruselas, Bélgica
Comitato Chiapas “Maribel” – Bergamo, Italia
Comite Local France Amérique Latine-Gennevilliers
Comité de vigilance de Malartic
Comité por los derechos humanos en América Latina, Montréal, Canadá
Comité Latinoamericano y del Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres​, Honduras
Comité Mons. Romero, Madrid, Estado español
Comité pour le respect des Droits Humains “Daniel Gillard”, Bruselas, Bélgica
Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers
COMUNA Caribe, de Puerto Rico
Consejo de Defensa del Valle del Huasco, Chile
Cooperacció , Barcelona (miembro de GS)
Cooperazione Rebelde Napoli, Italia
Coordinadora Italiana del Lobby Europeo de las Mujeres
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Belgium
Council of Canadians
COSPE Onlus, Italia
Creando Valle, Chile
Diálogo 2000 – Jubileo Sur Argentina
Ditsö, Costa Rica
Dones x Dones, Catalunya, Estado español
Ecologistas en Acción
Ecologistas en Acción de Córdoba
Ecologistas en Acción de Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Andalucía, España
Ekologistak Martxan (PAís Vasco)
Enginyeria Sense Fronteres (ESF)
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria
Europe solidaire sans frontières (ESSF), France
European Environmental Bureau (Europe)
EUiA, Catalunya, Estado español
FASE, Brazil
FDCL, Germany
FECON (Federación Ecologista Costarricense)
FECON. Federación Ecologista Costarricense.
Feminist Task Force
Festivales Solidarios, Guatemala
Fivas, Association for International Water Studies, Norway
Food & Water Watch
Forum italiano dei movimenti per l’acqua bene comune, Italia
Foro México Suiza MFS
Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos (FOCO), Argentina
France Amérique Latine (FAL)
Freirina Conciente, Chile
Frente de Comunidades en Contra de la Incineración
Friends of the Siberian Forests, Russia
Fronteras Comunes de Canadá
Fundació Ateneu Pere Mascaró de les Illes Balears, España
Fundación Aguaclara, Venezuela
Fundación Ethnos . Nicaragua
Fundación servicio Paz y Justicia – Argentina
Fundación Solón
Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación (México)
Global Greengrants Fund
Global Justice Now, UK
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Green Delaware
Grito de las y los Excluidos Nicaragua
Grito de los excluidos Bolivia
groundWork, Friends of the Earth, South Africa
Grupo de Trabajo Suiza Colombia ask!
Grupo de investigación en ddhh y sostenibilidad de la Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad de la UPC
Grupo Investigación EJOLT/EJAtlas/ACKnowl-EJ, España
Grupo Guayubira, Uruguay
Grupo Sur (Red Europea de ONGs), Bruselas
Health and Environment Justice Support (HEJ Support)
Homa – Centro de Direitos Humanos e Empresas firma
Iglesia Católica de la Región de Atacama, Chile
ILEIA, Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture, the Netherlands
Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ)
IndyACT Lebanon
Institute for Agriculture and trade policy, USA
Inesc – Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos, Brazil
Instituto Brasileiro de Análises Sociais e Econômicas (Ibase), Brazil
Instituto de Desarrollo de la Economía Asociativa (IDEAC), República Dominicana
Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo, Ecuador
Instituto EQUIT – Gênero, Economia e Cidadania Global, Brazil
Instituto Latinoamericano para una sociedad y un derecho alternativos, ILSA
JA! Justica Ambiental/ FOE Mozambique
KRuHA Indonesia (people’s coalition for the right to water)
L’Association d’ex-prisonniers politiques chiliens, France
Laboratorio de Investigación en Desarrollo Comunitario y Sustentabilidad, LIDECS
Labour,Health and Human Rights Development Centre
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Friends of the Earth Philippines
Marxa Mundial de Dones, Catalunya
Movement K 136, Thessaloniki, Greece
Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres, Nicaragua
Movimiento de Afectados por Represas Brasil ( MAB)
Movimiento Mexicano de afectados por Represas y en Defensa de los Ríos (Mapder)
Movimiento Ríos Vivos de Costa Rica
Movimiento de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado, Capítulo Valle del Cauca, Colombia
NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark
Observatori DESC, Catalunya, Estado español
Observatorio de Multinacionales en América Latina – Paz con Dignidad (OMAL)
Observatorio Latinoamericano de Geopolítica, México
Observatorio de las democracias: Sur de México y Centroamérica
Observatorio Petrolero Sur, Argentina
OCSI- Organización de Cooperación y Solidaridad Internacional
Oilwatch Costa Rica
Organización de Mujeres Campesinas e Indígenas CONAMURI-Paraguay
Organización Huascoalto, Chile
Osvaldo Durán Castro, Costa Rica.
Otros Mundos A.C. /Amigos de la Tierra México
Oxfam Solidariteit, Belgium
PAPDA – Haití
Partido de la Rifondazione Comunista/Izquierda Europea de Italia
Paz con Dignidad
Perifèries, Estado español
Pittsburgh’s Human Rights City Alliance, USA
Plataforma de gestión cultural Cusuco – Nicaragua
Plataforma de Solidaridad con Chiapas y Guatemala de Madrid
Plataforma de Solidaridad con Guatemala de Barcelona
Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo (PIDHDD Regional)
Plataforma Salvemos Cabana, Galicia, España
Preparatoria comunitaria José Martí de San Francsco Ixhuatán, Oaxaca, México
Polaris Institute, Canada
PROAL. Proyectos Alternativos, Costa Rica.
Proyecto Allen, Río Negro, Patagonia, Argentina
Proyecto sobre Organización, Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación
Proyecto Videastas Indígenas de la Frontera Sur (PVIFS)
Radio Tzuultaqa, radio comunitaria Q’eqchi’, Guatemala
REBRIP, Brasil
RECOMA – Red latinoamericana contra los monocultivos de árboles
Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y Alternativas en México (RAPAM) A.C.
Red Latinoamericana de Activismo Digital Facción
Red de Ecologistas Populares, Ecuador
Red de Organizaciones de Economía Solidaria (REDESOL), República Dominicana
Red de Trabajadoras Sexuales de Honduras
Red Latinoamericana sobre Industrias Extractivas (RLIE)
REDES-Amigos de la Tierra (FoE) Uruguay
REDLAR Costa Rica

Red Tz’ikin: Caracol Producciones, C9 Production, Esta Tierra es Nuestra, Noj Producciones, Colectivo Cine en la Calle, Grupo de video Copal’AA La Esperanza, Alta Verapaz, Grupo de video Primavera del Ixcán, Quiché, Grupo de video La Unión 31 de Mayo, Uspantán, Quiché, Grupo de video La Trinidad, Escuintla, Grupo de video de Nebaj, Quiché,
Grupo de Video Chisec, Alta Verapaz

Regroupement Vigilance Mines Abitibi-Témiscamingue (REVIMAT)
Research and Degrowth, España
Réseau québécois sur l’intégration continentale (RQIC), Canadá
Rompiendo El Silencio, Canadá
Rural Coalition, USA
“Sandía Digital, Laboratorio de Cultura Audiovisual.
Save Greek Water, Greece
Sept – Îles sans uranium (SISUR)
Sciencecorps, USA
Solidaridad Suecia – América Latina (Solidarity Sweden – Latin America)
TEDIC, Paraguay
The Gaia Foundation
Unión de Afectadas y afectados por Texaco – Chevron (UDAPT)
Universidad Intercultural de los Pueblos, Colombia
Valencia Acoge, Estado español
War on Want, Britain
WIDE+ Women In Development Europe+


  • I condemn the murder of Berta Caceres and hope criminals will be punished as per law of the land.

  • A very brave lady coming to a sad, tragic end.. however,using words like Justice and the USA in the same sentence are hypocritical to the Nth degree!

  • The murder of Berta Caceres must be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The bravery of those who speak out to protect the environment must be applauded and they must be protected from those who attack them. The US must speak out and act to do everything possible to bring justice to this situation.