Impunity and Corruption in Case of Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres

Editor's Note: This short update speaks to the ongoing impunity and corruption in the murder case of Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres.

From: “Cadeho Alemania

Feminist, Lenca indigenous leader and environmental defender in Honduras, Berta Cáceres was assassinated in 2016 at her home by armed men. Berta’s organization, COPINH, was fighting against the construction of a private hydroelectric plant in the Lenca territory.

DESA is the owning company and is directly linked to the murder of Berta as part of the family business group ATALA-ZABLAH, one of the most powerful groups in Honduras.

COPINH and Berta were victims of threats and increasing criminalization by police and intelligence agencies and by people hired by DESA.

The judicial process has been full of irregularities.

Berta’s legal defense denounces that a criminal apparatus composed of public officials, state security officials, senior managers and members of DESA’s private security team, planned for months to carry out the murder.

Berta became an international symbol of the struggle for human rights of indigenous peoples and nature.

From “Radios Comunitarias Copinh”

Hydroelectric plant owners DESA and the Atala Zablah family will not be required to testify in the death of Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres.

The Honduran trial court REJECTS evidence which calls for the owners of the DESA company and members of the Atala Zablah family to testify in the trial for the murder of our compañera.

Why are they refusing to look at the direct link between the Atala Zabla family and the perpetrators of the crime? Why is the court not requiring the owners of of the company who attacked and assaulted Berta Cáceres to testify? And what is behind this decision?