A month after the murder of Lenca indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres, the Platform of the Social and Popular Movement of Honduras (PMSPH), the Popular Honduran Articulation Berta Cáceres and the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) are organizing an international meeting to take place from April 13-15 in Tegucigalpa and La Esperanza, Intibucá. Real World Radio – Friends of the Earth International will be present.
The meeting aims to promote a coordination and articulation process based on international solidarity to demand justice for the murder of Berta Cáceres, as well as to promote international activism for the defense of the common resources of Nature and the struggle against the extractivist model.
Due to the relevance of this meeting, Real World Radio and the Social Movements´ Communication Convergence will thoroughly cover the Meeting and its repercussions.
12 October 2016 | Interviews | International Peoples´ Meeting “Berta Cáceres Lives on” | Berta lives on!
Seven months after the murder of leader Berta Cáceres Flores, coordinator of COPINH (the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), in Intibucá, the organization continues facing harassment and assassination attempts, this time against two leaders: Tomás Gómez Membreño, current General Coordinator, and Alexander García Sorto, community leader of Llano Grande, Colomoncagua. Read more
Peasant leader Vitalino Álvarez, of the United Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA) of Honduras, made reference to the frightening situation experienced in Bajo Aguán: criminalization of the social struggle, attacks against leaders and peasants in general, paramilitarism and death squads. Watch video
The Transnational Institute of the Netherlands denounced a deepening of human rights violations in Honduras, as well as women rights violations, and warns about the institutional way in which violence is expressed. "There is a complete institutional deficiency, there is no space to claim justice" said Lyda Forero, who participated in the "International Peoples´ Meeting - Berta Cáceres Lives On" in Honduras, from April 13-15. Read more
9 May 2016 | Interviews | Criminalization of COPINH | Coup d´Etat in Brazil | Free Honduras | Land grabbing | International Peoples´ Meeting “Berta Cáceres Lives on” | Social activists at risk | Berta lives on!
"It is incredible the clarity there is today in Brazil about the class struggle, about the fact that there is a "coup media party": Rede Globo. We need to take advantage of this moment to discuss, to raise awareness, to build capacities. We are going through a storm. But this storm will pass because the Brazilian people is fighting against it, it is defending democracy". Read more
"Maybe the most beautiful thing about Berta was her smile, even in the most difficult times, and her determination to keep up the struggle, the love for her people", said Juan Almendares, coordinator of the Movimiento Madre Tierra - Friends of the Earth Honduras, in an interview with Real World Radio. Read more
“We don´t want to be martyrs, we don´t want any more martyrs in this country, but we also have the historical responsibility to show that we have the right to build a better world. And we can´t run away from that responsibility”, said Garifuna leader Miriam Miranda, Coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) in an interview with Real World Radio. Watch video
The federation Friends of the Earth International sent a small delegation to Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, to participate in the “International Peoples´ Meeting – Berta Cáceres Lives On” demanding justice over the murder of this Lenca indigenous leader and in solidarity with the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). Watch video
“As women, we are the ones who maintain hope. And I think that while we do this, we need to encourage many other women and tell them to dare to go out, to raise their voices, to avoid being afraid to speak. (…) Women have been told to be afraid within our social and cultural circles. (…) We are covered by a blanket of fear, but we need to move forward with a blanket of hope”, said Jakeline Romero Epiayu.
The European Union (EU) made clear this Friday in Geneva that it is ready to block the advance of the negotiations at the United Nations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations.
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