demand the participation of an international, independent commission of
experts to investigate the murder of our beloved Berta given the recent
actions by the Honduran Attorney General
Berta, Laura and Salvador Zúniga Cáceres (Berta Cáceres’s daughters and
son), Austra Bertha Flores (her mother), and the Civic Council of
Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), each a victim
of the assassination of Berta Cáceres under Honduran law, were
surprised this morning by the Attorney General and ATIC (Criminal
Investigation Agency) announcement in relation to the capture of persons
involved in this vile crime against our beloved Berta.
family and COPINH, as well as all Honduran society and the
international community demand justice and truth regarding the
assassination of our Berta.
we have been denied our right under Honduran law to participate in the
investigative process from the beginning, we have no way of knowing if
these arrests are the product of an exhaustive and diligent
investigation, nor do we know if they include those who ordered the
assassination. The news of the alleged participation of active and
retired members of the military linked to DESA in the assassination
should be investigated further and indicates involvement by state agents
which is enough reason for the immediate suspension of and a definitive
end to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project.
regret that the investigations conducted by the Attorney General have
moved forward without our participation and that our voices have not
two months since the assassination of our dear Berta, we continue being
victimized, having to learn of any news through the media rather than
the official channels afforded to us by law.
ongoing lack of confidence in the Attorney General’s office has been
fomented by its own actions, which lack transparency and ignore the
victims. If the State has truly conducted an exhaustive, diligent
investigation based on scientific proof that looks into both the
plotters and perpetrators of this crime, then today they should accept
the participation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights so
that a group of independent experts can analyze the actions carried out
thus far and establish whether they are consistent with the highest
international standards of due diligence.
the Attorney General’s office and its agency have carried out their
work correctly, there should be no fear of having the commission that
the IACHR has already made available begin its investigation
What we seek is truth and justice in the case of our beloved Berta’s assassination. If we achieve that, everybody wins.