On March 3, 2016, the world lost one of its greatest defenders of environmental and human rights, Berta Caceras. Caceres received the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her tireless defense of the planet and human life in her native Honduras which has been deemed the mostly deadly place in the world for environmental activists. Berta co-founded the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations in Honduras (COPINH) in 1993 which spoke out peacefully and consistently against megaprojects that were destroying the traditional lands of the indigenous people. After years of receiving death threats for her courage to speak out against the environmental harm and injustice, she was brutally assassinated in her bed early in the morning go March 3. Her friend and colleague, Mexican Gustavo Castro was also shot, was the sole witness to the murder and remains detained in Honduras where his life is also at risk.
Funds are needed to support Berta’s family as they respond to this political crime/crisis situation and demand justice for the assassination of Berta and wounding of Gustavo Castro; and to support COPINH’s work for justice in this case, and their long-term work for territorial defense and indigenous rights, and fundamental transformation and change in Honduras.