March 2nd marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Berta Cáceres, the beloved Honduran Indigenous and environmental rights leader, and the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act was re-introduced to continue the call for justice.
The Berta Cáceres Act is a landmark bill introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and currently co-sponsored by dozens of members of the House of Representatives. The Berta Cáceres Act has found immediate and broad support including endorsements by the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and over a hundred other faith, labor, environmental, and human rights organizations. Berta’s family and organization COPINH immediately applauded the action and praised the leadership of these Members of Congress.
Congress should press the Honduran government for an independent investigation, prosecution, and punishment of those responsible for the assassination of Berta Caceres in Honduras. Congress should condition future U.S. assistance to the government of Honduras on the results of an independent investigation.
The Agua Zarca dam project has long been plagued by serious human rights abuses. For years, critics of the project have been targeted by a campaign of violence, intimidation and outright murder.