- Published on Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:19
A wake-up call to the world; there is no more time left!
In the early morning of March 3rd, 2016, our sister in struggle Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), was assassinated.
On numerous occasions, Berta Cáceres had expressed her opposition to the present government’s disastrous policies regarding natural resource concessions. She had also spoken out against the actions of transnational companies and the detrimental effects of their land acquisitions and dam building projects on the natural resources of the indigenous peoples.
In response to her struggle against these foreign companies and their destruction of natural resources, the Honduran government itself subjected Berta Cáceres to punitive measures,
Nevertheless, when she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmenal Prize for her defence of her country’s natural resources, the whole world recognised Berta Cáceres’ courage as a human rights defender. See the video here.
La Vía Campesina remembers and commemorates our sister Berta Cáceres’ historic struggle, at the side of the Honduran people, for the right to land - her struggle for the defence of their sovereignty, for comprehensive land reform, and for the Food Sovereignty of the Honduran people.
It is in this context that we condemn the situation of systematic human rights violations with which Honduras is confronted. The death rate in Honduras is higher than that of a country at war. We stand by Honduran peasants in their legitímate demands for access to land and for Food Sovereignty. Through our communications media and together with our allies, we will continue to report on and to condemn the criminalisation of the women and men peasants of Honduras.
Download the poster here.
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