Independent Investigation into the Murder of Berta Cáceres Now!

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On March 3, 2016, Honduran feminist, indigenous and environmental justice leader Berta Cáceres, co-founder of COPINH (Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), was assassinated. Berta was outspoken against the US State Department-backed 2009 coup, which ousted the progressive President Manuel Zelaya, and led to increased repression against farmers, indigenous leaders and other activists protecting their communities.  

COPINH and the family of Berta Cáceres do not trust the Honduran government to carry out a thorough investigation into her murder and to find those truly responsible for ordering her death. They are calling on the Honduran government to allow the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to undertake an independent international investigation.

The US government has tremendous leverage over the Honduran government. This is why we are calling on US Secretary of State John Kerry to pressure the Honduran government to comply with the family’s request for an independent investigation led by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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Dear Secretary Kerry,

In the aftermath of the March 3rd, 2016 murder of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, the Honduran government’s investigation is still far from finding and punishing those responsible, on all levels, for her assassination. Among Hondurans, there is widespread mistrust of the judicial system, especially in cases involving human rights defenders.

The family of Berta Cáceres and her organization COPINH have called for an independent investigation into her murder by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. We, the undersigned, urge you to comply with their request by:

1. Pressuring the Honduran government to sign an agreement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and to fully cooperate with such an investigation and

2. Making a public statement that the US government is in favor of an independent investigation by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

We thank you for your consideration and look forward to a just resolution.

Signed,

CODEPINK and allies

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  • signed 2016-11-14 13:48:44 -0500
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    With Witness for Peace Southwest in 2014 I visited the Rio Blanco Lenca community resisting the Agua Zarca dam project, which Berta Ca’ceres was defending when she was assassinated, a Garifuna community, la Panama and other campensinos in the Rio Bajo Aguan valley, including Chavelo, later released because he had been unjustly convicted, a judge, reporters, a LIBRE Party member of the national Legislature, the human rights commission in Tegucigalpa, and the human rights officer in the US Embassy, her supervisor, who had been the human rights officer in Colombia and had learned about dealing with human rights violations from John Kelly, the general in charge of the US Southern Command, and the Ambassador, James Nealon. We were accused by a colonel of instigating campesinos trying to retake a small part of the land seized from them by Miguel Facusse, the richest person in Honduras. Clearly, the US military and multinational corporations were out to get as much land and profits from Honduras as they could, and the US State Department was there to cover up the abuses of the public and the land with their bureaucratic processes.


    Your spokesperson has recently said there is “no credible evidence” for Honduran military involvement in killings in Honduras.


    You and everyone familiar with Honduras know very well that there are extraordinary numbers of witnesses to killings and human rights abuses by the Honduran government. Your spokesman lied, and we have heard no retraction by your Department: your organization is dishonest and betrays the public trust.


    You need to end your and your Department’s betrayal of the public by finally ending all support, monetary, supplies, training and information, legal, personnel, and every other kind, for the rogue government of Guatemala that your Department and the US military enabled and have continued to enable.


    Shame on you. Do the right thing. Completely. Finally.
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    Please also investigate Lesbia’s death this month
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