Four Years After Berta Cáceres’ Assassination, Struggle for Justice Continues

Today is the 4-year anniversary of the indigenous land defender and feminist leader, Berta Cáceres brutal assassination. Berta was the co-founder of COPINH and was murdered for her brave fight in defense of the indigenous and sacred territories of the Lenca People in Honduras. Before her assassination Berta and COPINH fought against the construction of the Agua Zarca Project, a damaging dam of the Energetic Development Company (DESA).

On December 2, 2019, a year after issuing a guilty verdict against them, a Honduran court sentenced seven men for the murder of the visionary Honduran social movement leader. Those sentenced were involved in the preparation and execution of Cáceres’ assassination; however, the intellectual author(s) of the crime, those who ordered and paid for Cáceres’ murder, are not among them. This means that four years after Berta Cáceres was assassinated,none of the intellectual authors of her murder have faced trial.

In early 2020, the Berta Cáceres Cause Observation Mission presented a new follow-up report on the year-and-a-half judicial process that culminated in December 2019 with the sentencing. This report emphasized that “[j]ustice in the Berta Cáceres case will not be fully realized until responsibility is established for the intellectual authorship of the facts of the case and for the various actions of delay and obstruction of the investigation and judgment….”

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