Justice for Berta Cáceres

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Two months ago Berta Cáceres, a Honduran environmental activist and human rights defender, was assassinated.

Cáceres was the coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), headquartered in La Esperanza, Intibucá in western Honduras.

On May 2nd, the Honduran government announced the arrest of four suspects, including an active member of the Honduran military police; a member of Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. de C.V. (DESA) – the Honduran company responsible for the construction of Agua Zarca, a hydroelectric dam that COPINH has long resisted for violating the human rights of hundreds of indigenous Lenca people; and two former members of DESA and the Honduran army respectively. The four are being held in prison but have not yet prosecuted.

Without local and international pressure on the Honduran government, it is unlikely that these demands will be met, which is why Peter has WITNESS (the human rights organization he co-founded) and joined the campaign to demand the Honduran government bring justice for Berta and satisfy all the demands of her family and COPINH.

Read in more detail here, where you can also see a film clip featuring Peter as well as one featuring Susan Sarandon.