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IMAGE AND SOUND / 4 years seeking justice: daughter of slain indigenous environmental leader Berta Cáceres speaks out
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 18/01/2020
Translations available: Español 

4 years seeking justice: daughter of slain indigenous environmental leader Berta Cáceres speaks out

Democracy Now!

 

In Honduras, a new report by the Violence Observatory at the Honduran National Autonomous University says that at least 15 women have been murdered in the first 14 days of this year. Violence against women, LGBTQ people, indigenous leaders and environmental activists has skyrocketed in Honduras under the U.S.-backed government of President Juan Orlando Hernández.

The report comes nearly four years after the Honduran indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres was shot dead inside her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, by hired hitmen.

Last month in the capital of Tegucigalpa, seven men were sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for her killing in March 2016. At the time of her assassination, Cáceres had been fighting the construction of a major hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River on sacred Lenca land in southwestern Honduras. In November 2018, a court ruled that Cáceres’s killing was ordered by executives of the Honduran company behind the Agua Zarca dam, known as DESA, who hired the convicted hitmen.

Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work protecting indigenous communities and for her environmental justice campaign against the massive dam in 2015. In December, we sat down with one of her daughters, Laura Zúñiga Cáceres, in Madrid, Spain, where she was receiving a human rights award. “This is a late conviction. It has been almost four years of seeking justice. It is the product of a rather difficult and painful process that has been putting us as victims in direct dispute with a murderous and aggressive state, and they produced the minimum consequences that the state could have given,” Zúñiga Cáceres says.





Courtesy of Democracy Now!
Source: https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/berta_caceres_laura_caceres_interview
Publication date of original article: 17/01/2020
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=27892

 

Tags: Berta CáceresExtrajudicial executionsDefence of Common GoodsHondurasAbya Yala
 

 
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