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From Chile, organizations demand justice for the murder of Berta Caceres

We demand justice for this new crime and stand in solidarity with the family, the organization “Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)”, and human rights defenders. We categorically reject this new attack that seeks to intimidate and decapitate the resistance of the territories threatened by megaprojects.

The assassination of Berta, leader of the Lenca people, is the ultimate expression of the growing persecution against defenders of water and life carried out by those seeking to plunder their territories. We demand justice for this new crime and stand in solidarity with the family, the organization “Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)”, and human rights defenders. We categorically reject this new attack that seeks to intimidate and decapitate the resistance of the territories threatened by megaprojects.

The cowardly murder of Berta -who was already under precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights due to repeated death threats-, took place in the early hours of March 3rd when her own home was invaded. Last week at a press conference, the leader had denounced the killing of four peasant leaders and had rejected the deployment of US bases on their territory. This crime is undoubtedly framed in the expansion of extractive activities that we are experiencing in Latin America. Every forest, every river, every overexploited hill, and every community that rises up, plead for this subjugation to stop and denounce the violation of human rights, especially against indigenous peoples and women.

We shall remember Berta as a great fighter whose only weapon was her voice. Under the banner of respect for social and environmental rights, she built her leadership in the resistance against the installation of hydroelectric dams and mining in indigenous territories, a struggle for which she was recognized in 2015 by awarding her the Goldman Prize, also known as the alternative Nobel.

We urge the Honduran government to clarify and condemn those responsible for this brutal murder; otherwise, silence makes them complicit, even more so considering the context of structural violence, the economic crisis, and the recent launch of an economic program that aims boost power generation by hydroelectric plants without any consultation with the local population.

Let us not be intimidated by this great loss; rather, we call to strengthen regional coordination in defense of our rivers, our commons, our territories, water and life. We know it is difficult, but time will prove us right.

Source: ACCIÓN

Endorsing Organizations:
Acción por la Tierra/EarthAction Santiago
Agrupación de exPresas y exPrersos Políticos, Valparaíso
Agrupación de Familiares y Amigos de Ejecutados Políticos y Detenidos desaparecidos de Atacama
Agrupación de pequeños regantes y no regantes del río Mostazal, Limarí
Amerindia Chile
Asamblea por el Agua del Guasco Alto
Asociación Chilena de ONG (Acción)
Asociación Chilena de Voluntarios (ACHV)
Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Rurales e Indígenas, ANAMURI.
Atacama Limpio
Casa de Mujeres de Ngulumapu
Centro Cultural Social y del Medio Ambiente, CEIBO
Centro Cultural Wixal Kimvn de Padre Hurtado
Centro Ecuménico Diego de Medellín
Coalición Ecuménica por el Cuidado de la Creación
Colectivo “Mujeres de Zonas de Sacrificio”, Valparaíso
Colectivo de Acción por Palestina
Colectivo Ecologista Aire Puro
Colectivo informativo Mapuche Mapuexpress
Colectivo Quillahuaira
Colectivo VientoSur
Comisión Ética Contra la Tortura
Comité de Refugiados Peruanos en Chile
Comité Oscar Romero
Comunidad Evangélica Luterana de Hualpen, Bío Bio.
Consejo de Defensa del Valle del Huasco
Consejo Ecológico de Molina
Cooperativa APACHETA
Corporación Privada para el Desarrollo de Aysén (CODESA)
Diario El Itihue de San Carlos
Ecoceanos
Radio del mar
Ecosistemas
Editorial Quimantú
Espacio Liberado El Jardín
Fundación Habitar
Grupo de trabajo por Derechos Colectivos (Chile – Wallmapu)
Grupo ETC, México
Grupo Huari
Huerto Comunitario La Berenjena, La Florida
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Justus-Liebig University Giessen
Justicia Paz e Integridad de la Creación, Araucanía
LEASUR, Litigación estructural en DDHH
Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres – Chile
Mingakuti
Movimiento de defensa por el Acceso al Agua, la Tierra y la protección del Medioambiente, MODATIMA de Petorca.
Movimiento en defensa del Medioambiente, Los Choros, Coquimbo. Movimiento Ciudadano de Pirque
Movimiento Social por la Recuperación del Agua y la Vida.
Ñuble Libre
Observatorio Aguas
Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros en América Latina, OCMAL
Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales, OLCA
Oficina de Justicia, Paz e Integridad de la Creación, Sociedad Misionera de San Columbano.
ONG Estudios Territoriales Aplicados Choapa
ONG Socioeducativa Trafkintu
Organización Ciudadana y Ambiental de Salamanca
Organización VIVE CURACAUTÍN (Región Araucanía, Chile)
Pastoral Salvaguarda de la Creación, Valle del Huasco
Programa radial mapuche Wixage anai
Programa Radial Semillas de Agua
Radio Placeres de Valparaíso
Red Ambiental Norte
Red de acción en plaguicidas y sus alternativas en América Latina, RAP-AL
Red de Acción por los Derechos Ambientales (RADA)
Red de Comunicación Mapuche Wallmapu
Red de Semillas Libres de Chile
Red Metropolitana no Alto Maipo
Red por la Defensa de la Precordillera, Panul Parque Comunitario
Red por la defensa de los Territorios Wallmapu (Chile)
SOS Huasco
Valles en Movimiento
Yo no quiero transgénicos en Chile

Endorsing individuals:
Alba Zambrano Constanzo, Director of the Master’s Program in Community Psychology, Temuco
Alberto Arroyo Picard, RMALC
Alberto Chirif, Anthropologist. Perú
Constanza Araya, Economist
Galy Chávez Burgos, Journalist
Gonzalo Núñez Erices, Philosopher
Guido Candio, Activist supporting the ancestral Pewenche cause
José Alejandro Marimán Quemenado, Director of the Certification Program in Indigenous Studies, UAH (Chile); and Director of the Rümtun Study Center (Chile – Wallmapu)
Juan Carlos G. Chirgwin Boos, Wiseman Avenue, Outremont
Juan Pablo Orrego, President of Ecosistemas and Goldman Prize 1997
Marcela Parra
Noelia Garrido, President of the Students’ Federation at Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco
Pablo Quintero, UFRGS, Brasil
Rita Laura Segato, Anthropologist and feminist, Universidad de Brasília
Rodolfo Montes de Oca. C.I:V-17457926. Caracas,Venezuela.
Rosamel Millaman Reinao, Universidad Católica de Temuco