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March 2, 2017 marks one year since Berta Cáceres, renowned Honduran Indigenous leader, was shot and killed in her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá. In solidarity with Berta’s family, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and Gustavo Castro, Mexican activist who is the sole witness and survivor of the attack, the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), the Honduras Solidarity Network and MiningWatch Canada have collaborated to put together a declaration for broad support. We are circulating it now for organizational and individual sign-ons.
Please demonstrate your solidarity by signing and sharing the declaration here: https://goo.gl/forms/nQ2xqoX4knvVvb783
Open for sign-ons throughout the month of March and relaunch it on March 27th, the 24th anniversary of COPINH.
In addition to giving echo to the demands that Berta’s family, COPINH and Gustavo Castro have been calling for, we have updated the information that we have regarding Canada’s technical and financial support to Honduras, which continues to be oriented to legitimate and prop up the work of Honduras’ Attorney General’s office. It is important to emphasize that the root problem with regard to impunity in this and many other cases of murders and threats against land and environment defenders in Honduras is not technical, nor one of capacity, but rather political. By continuing to support the Honduran General Attorney’s office and related investigative bodies in Honduras, Canada is reinforcing political support to a corrupt office that lacks the political will to truly get to the bottom of these murders. This must stop.
It is worth pointing out that legislators in the U.S. have brought proposed legislation aimed at halting similarly oriented U.S. funding to Honduras. You can find out more about that legislation here, which will be relaunched this week with support from members of the Honduras Solidarity Network.
Please find attached images that you are welcome to use and share (with credit to artist Pat Perry) as part of any solidarity events or social media efforts you might be carrying out this coming month. Additionally, here is an online video about the delegation that traveled from Canada to Honduras last April from journalist Maggie Padlewska: https://youtu.be/urGkPFwxucg and a second honouring Berta’s life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5IPQpjA1ic
See below, for some details about the call for solidarity during the month of March and activities that we know about so far being planned in Canada. Please share any information about other activities that might be happening that could be distributed more widely.
COPINH sent out a call for global action at the beginning of March starting off with a social media campaign with the hash tags below:
Please be sure to tag on Facebook @COPINH.Intibucá and on twitter include @COPINH-Honduras
In the US and Canada the HSN asks that folks add a slogan or hash tag against our governments’ funding and training of Honduran security forces and the violence.
Please tag and include COPINH’s Facebook: @Copinh.Intibucá
and Twitter: @COPINH-Honduras in everything you post.
Please take pictures of any activities you do and post them tagging COPINH as well as sending photos and reports of activities to Copinh at this email: [email protected] and to Honduras Solidarity Network: [email protected]
HSN members and many other organizations everywhere are participating in the social media campaigns.