Berta Caceres, co- founder of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Organization if Honduras ; COPINH) and recipient of the 2015 Goldman EnvironmentAl Prize, was assassinated in her home on March 3rd. We gather today in solidarity with CIPINH members being criminalizes for defending their lands in the face of illegal land grabs by mining companies and hydroelectric dams.
In Berta's words: "We must undertake the struggle in all parts of the world, wherever we may be, because we have no other spare or replacement planet. We have only this one, and we have to take action."
Demands of COPINH and the family:
1- An independent investigation of the murder of Berta Caceres by the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights.
2. Immediately suspend all US security aid to Honduras and review all US aid to Honduras.
3. respect ILO 169 and end invasion of indigenous lands by the World Bank and multilateral financial institutions in Honduras .
4.- Terminate the Agua Zarca dam project that is displacing the Lenca people.