Day of Justice events, for Berta Caceres, June 15

Bertha Isabel Zuniga Caceres, daughter of slain Honduran environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres, receives a hug after giving a speech to human rights groups at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington April 5. (CNS photo / Tyler Orsburn)

The Honduran environmental group COPINH is calling for protests and vigils at Honduran embassies and consulates on June 15, seeking an independent investigation of Berta Cáceres's murder and a "cancellation of the concession granted to DESA company, constructor of the Hydroelectric Project "Agua Zarca" in Rio Blanco, Honduras.

In the United States, protests and vigils are planned at the following embassies and consulates:

• Washington D.C.: Honduran Consulate, 5:15 p.m., 1014 M St. NW, Washington, D.C., followed by a march to the Inter-American Development Bank (1300 New York Ave NW) and to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW).

• New York: Honduran Consulate, noon, 255 W. 36 St., New York City, NY 10018

• Atlanta: Honduran Consulate, noon, 6755 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., #120, Atlanta, GA 30360

• Other events are planned in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans.

More information at School of the Americas Watch.

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Women religious in the United States, Honduras and across the world have long worked to resolve issues of violence, environmental injustice and indigenous rights — themes all converging in the commemoration this week of a prominent Honduran environmental activist assassinated earlier this year in Honduras.

The death of Berta Cáceres, a Lenca indigenous leader who was killed March 2, is seen by Catholic sisters, environmental activists and others as a poignant example of martyrdom for her spirited and visible work in opposing the controversial Agua Zarca Dam, a massive construction project that activists oppose because of its possible damage to the Gualcarque River, a body of water held sacred by indigenous groups. . . .

Continue reading the the main story: Women religious join those bringing attention to Day of Justice for murdered Honduran activist

 

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