International Group of Experts Report on Assassination of Berta Cáceres

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On March 2, 2016, armed men murdered human rights defender Berta Isabel
Cáceres Flores, and shot Mexican environmental activist Gustavo Castro Soto
in the town of La Esperanza, Department of Intibucá, Honduras. Their relatives
and the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras
(COPINH) immediately requested an independent investigation due to concerns
that Honduran authorities would not identify the intellectual authors of the

The relatives of Berta Cáceres and COPINH made this request before the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the United Nations
and many other national and international actors. Nevertheless, they were disregarded
by the Honduran State.

In light of this inaction, the family and COPINH together with the Wide
Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ), the Center for Justice and International
Law (CEJIL) and other national and international organizations, insisted on an
investigation by a group of independent experts. As a result, in November 2016,
the International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) was created and its members
are Dan Saxon, Roxanna Altholz, Miguel Ángel Urbina, Jorge Molano and
Liliana Uribe-Tirado.

GAIPE has conducted four on-site visits to Honduras; interviewed more than
thirty individuals, analyzed different reports by international human rights organizations;
and reviewed ten criminal cases resulting from COPINH complaints
as well as legal actions filed due to a lack of prior, free and informed consultation
related to the Agua Zarca Project. Furthermore, GAIPE has had partial access to
the evidence of the criminal investigation of Berta Isabel Cáceres’ murder and the
attempted assassination of Gustavo Castro.

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