The Honduras Solidarity Network of Canada and the United States, and its member organizations, have been organizing to demand justice for the murder of Berta Caceres, leader of the indigenous land and environmental group, COPINH.
We are turning to you to do something that we cannot do – provide funding for security for Berta’s family and COPINH leadership in this dark hour when their lives and liberty are also at risk
. Funds are also needed by COPINH to feed and shelter the thousands of Lenca and other poor Hondurans who have gathered in La Esperansa and Tegucigalpa to demand that the defacto government allow an independent international investigation to unmask the murderers and the intellectual authors of this heinous crime.
Of the hundreds of resistance members who continued to demand a return to democracy since the 2009 coup and who paid for that opposition with their lives, not one murderer has been brought to justice by the successive coup-spawned governments. Berta is the highest profile national leader to be assassinated. If the powers that be – the government of Juan Orlando Hernandez, the oligarchy, the foreign companies, and the US-trained and funded military and police – are allowed to get away with her murder, it will be open season on the other leaders of COPINH and the nonviolent National Front for Popular Resistance.
Won’t you make a tax-deductible gift right now
to help protect Berta’s mother and three young daughters who are themselves now threatened for speaking out? Won’t you make a contribution to protect the life of Gustavo Castro, the Mexican human rights accompanier who was the only witness to the murder and who the judge, after suspending Gustavo’s lawyer, will not allow to leave the community where the murderers still run free? Won’t you contribute the price of a pizza or a night at the movies so that COPINH and other popular movements can feed and shelter the thousands of Hondurans who are demanding their government end impunity, stop the violence, and allow international investigators to solve the murder of our friend and compañera Berta Caceres?
Rights Actions is a member group of the Honduras Solidarity Network and has agreed to channel all donations we raise to COPINH. You can donate securely online by clicking here
. If you are Canadian, you can donate here
Thank you for your support for justice and dignity for the Lenca people and all the people of Honduras who hunger for a life of peace in a democratic company.