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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.
We also lack a "space to demand support for organizations" said the TNI representative. "Institutionally, there is a facilitation of foreign direct investment and guarantees for this type of investments. As the TNI understands it, this is a clear proof of an architecture of impunity that was strengthened after the Coup d´Etat (in 2009)".
Lyda, from Colombia, who also represented the "Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity" in Honduras, was interviewed by Real World Radio at the airport. This was after three days of work in Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, and in Río Blanco, Intibucá department.
On the last day of the "International Peoples´ Meeting - Berta Cáceres Lives On" a delegation traveled to that community to reach the Gualcarque River, which Berta defended so much. Lyda also talked about the moments of violence experienced when the delegation arrived to the area where tens of armed people demonstrated against the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which was coordinated by Berta, and in favor of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, which is rejected and denounced by the Council.
The TNI representative said that her presence at the Meeting aimed at expressing solidarity with COPINH and the Honduran people as a whole. The TNI has been actively denouncing the serious situation of violence experienced in Honduras and demanding justice for the murder of Berta from the day itself of her death, on March 2nd. In fact, the Amsterdam-based organization participated in the coordination of the tour of Berta Zúñiga, daughter of the Lenca leader, through Europe, which ended a few days ago.
Lyda also talked about the "complexity of Berta´s thoughts", who "wasn´t only a defender of indigenous rights, or women rights, or the territorial rights of peasants or an environmental activist".
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