Idle No More Stands in Solidarity with the People of Honduras
Honduran Indigenous, environmental rights campaigner and co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her La Esperanza home. Telesur correspondent, Gilda Silvestruci confirmed that the Honduran leader was killed at 0100 local central standard time, on Thursday March 3rd.
Idle No More organizers stand in solidarity with the family of Berta Cáceres, the Lenca people, and the people of Honduras. We extend our deepest condolences for the irreplaceable loss that is felt worldwide.
For years Berta and her family have faced threats of brutal violence while hundreds of her comrades have also been murdered in Honduras defending their territory and rights. Honduras is one of the deadliest places for Indigenous and Environmental activists, and they continue to stand up against one of Central America’s biggest hydropower projects, in spite the continued threats of violence from US funded police forces and privately hired security guards.
“I’ve been working on solidarity campaigns with peoples of Central America since I was 17, in other words, for the last 35 years. I joined social movements back then because of the horrific violence, torture, and massacres being rained on the people by those in power. There are many struggles on Earth right now, and in our hemisphere. Let us not forget what has happened in Central America for so long, let us not forget how this is a hemispheric issue, let us honor Berta”. Idle No More Activist, Praba Pilar
We support the call to organize solidarity actions at the embassies of Honduras around the world and we demand:
- An end to the human rights violations against the protectors of land, water and rights in Honduras
- An end the gruesome and bloody state sanctioned campaign to silence the project opposition
- That the Honduran state act immediately to seek unbiased justice for Berta Cáceres’s family, the families still awaiting justice against those cowards who brutally silenced the strongest voices
- The immediate protection for Berta’s family and colleagues from further violent attack
The murder of Indigenous peoples across the Americas is at epidemic proportions and it’s time for governments to take action to protect Indigenous lives around the world. It is time for state citizens to rally with us in solidarity around the world to demand justice for the Indigenous People across the globe who are killed just for defending their rights.
Photo Credit: The Goldman Environmental Prize
Honduran representation in Canada:
Ottawa — Honduran Embassy – Details and comment forum for the Embassy of Honduras in Ottawa
151 Slater Street, Suite 805-A
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H3
Local: (613) 233-8900
Montreal — Honduran Consulate-General – Details and comment forum for the Consulate-General of Honduras in Montreal
1255 University St., Suite #500
Montreal, QC H3B 3V8
Local: (514) 439-7151