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Justice for Berta!
A call by Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean – ATALC – and Friends of the Earth International – FoEI
June 8, 2017
Regarding the hearing held yesterday, June 7, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with four of the eight people accused of the murder of our indigenous comrade Berta Cáceres, ATALC and FoEI join the call of the peoples of the world who demand Justice for Berta.
As an environmental organization committed with the building of environmental justice, and as colleagues of the Lenca indigenous leader murdered in March 2016, we consider that the search for truth and the identification of those responsible for this atrocious crime are necessary conditions to put an end to the impunity in this and other cases in the Meso American country and different places of Latin America.
In addition to punishing those who participated as actual and intellectual perpetrators of the murder that over a year ago brought grief to social movements and the people who struggle for dignity and justice, we consider it is necessary to truly pinpoint the interests that facilitated this cruel act. We believe that if these interests are not identified, it will not be possible to ensure that this won´t happen again to Honduras communities, organizations and movements that have been persecuted, criminalized and murdered for the defense of their territories, both in peasant and indigenous communities.
The hearing with some of the people that are possibly behind the murder, and the voices of those who demand justice to Honduran courts, brought back memories of the terrible events that led to the murder of our indigenous comrade and defender of the territory and the rights of the people, Berta Cáceres, but above all, they reaffirmed our moral commitment to join efforts so that this and all other crimes committed against our people are not left unpunished.
ATALC and FoEI call for international solidarity to keep monitoring this situation and supporting the Honduran people who continue defending their territories and lives. Only through joint work and solidarity we will have the possibility to remain strong against the injustice and brutality of the models of displacement and those who promote them in an attempt against our dignity.