Berta Cáceres, feminist & indigenous woman human rights defender (WHRD) was brutally murdered on March 3, 2016 while sleeping in her home in Intibucá. She was the director of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras/ Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which has been resisting DESA’s AguaZarca hydroelectric dam project.
One week before her death, Berta Cáceres denounced the murder of four leaders from her community, and threats made to other members of COPINH and communities who are struggling to protect the Gualcarque River. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested precautionary measures be taken to protect Berta, since prior to her murder she had been threatened, arbitrarily detained, and criminalized by people associated with DESA as well as public officials and entities associated with the Honduran State.
This event took place on March 17th, in NYC outside the Honduran Mission to the UN.