Honduran FM Arturo Corrales resigned, a misleading NYT story and more

April 18, 2016

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1) Days after visiting Washington DC Honduran FM Arturo Corrales resigned. It is unclear why he did so but according to Honduran news reports Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez was not happy with him after his meetings at the OAS which involved negotiations over MACCIH which the family of Berta Caceres made clear they did not want involved in the investigation of her assassination.  The NYT reports it was linked to his previous post as security minister.
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CEJIL: Reasons why MACCHI should not investigate assassination

MACCIH is not qualified to investigate assassinations One of MACCIH’s main objectives is as follows:
1.2 To support, strengthen and actively collaborate with the Honduran state institutions responsible for preventing, investigating and punishing acts of corruption.
To achieve this objective, MACCIH can:
3.1.1.2. Provide technical support, supervise, evaluate and actively collaborate with a group of judges familiar with causes of corruption, public prosecutors, investigators and forensic experts from the Public Prosecutor’s Office, selected and certified by MACCIH to collect information, investigate and pursue corruption cases and networks.
It can be gathered from the above that MACCIH’s investigative jurisdiction is limited to “corruption cases and networks”.

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Video: Who was Berta Cáceres?

In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of a major project.

Updates from the family of Berta Cáceres in Honduras and the US

April 12, 2016

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This story just out from the New Yorker brings us up to date on where we are today: No Answers in the Murder of Berta Cáceres

It’s been five weeks since Berta’s assassination and the Honduran authorities have yet to identify the cowards who pulled the trigger, much less the intellectual authors.

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Berta Cáceres family members reiterate that they do not want involvement from the MACCIH

 Berta Cáceres family members reiterate that they do not want involvement from the MACCIH

Berta Cáceres family members reiterate that they do not want involvement from the MACCIH


Washington D.C., April 7, 2016.- Berta Zúniga Cáceres and members of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH), Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia (MADJ) and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), met with Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro yesterday to voice their concerns and requirements with regards to the case of murdered indigenous Lenca leader Berta Caceres. Immediately after, a meeting was held at the behest of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in which authorities of the State of Honduras participated.

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La vida que no calla

578px-El_Pais_logo_2007.svgOlivia, Berta, Laura y Salvador Cáceres Zúniga

Berta Cáceres’ children: “The pain won’t paralyze us,…but will become unbearable if the world keeps silent.”

“Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores, ese es el nombre de nuestra madre, de la guardiana de los ríos, de una de las protectoras de la vida. Le dispararon en el pecho tratando de detener su latido, pero su latido se encuentra en todo el pueblo lenca, en nosotras sus hijas e hijo, y en todas las personas que soñamos y luchamos por un mundo lejos de la injusticia.” Read More

Statement from the family of Berta Cáceres on the one month anniversary of her assassination

It has been almost one month since the cowardly assassination of our beloved Berta Caceres, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and environmental and human rights leader.

Our family is grateful for the many messages and acts of condolence from hundreds, if not thousands, of you. Additionally, we are grateful to Gustavo Castro, the one material witness to the crime, for his bravery and are relieved that he is reunited with his family in Mexico.

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