Mother of All Rivers
Mill Valley Film Group
Madre de todos los r√≠os (subtitulos)
Goldman Price for
International joint statement04 March 2016 - Declaration
¬†March 4, 2016 - Planet Earth
¬†¬† Berta C√°ceres, indigenous leader and spokeperson for more than 20 years of the Civic Council of Popular and Inigenous Organizations of Honduras (Consejo C√≠vico de Organizaciones Populares e Ind√≠genas de Honduras - Copinh), was murdered on March 3, while she was resting in her home in La Esperanza, Intibuc√°, about 188 km from Tegucigalpa, by "unknown" gunmen.
¬†¬† Berta C√°ceres was a firm defender of small farmers and indigenous peoples' rights and an inspiring social activist, both at regional and continental level, in defense of social and environmental justice, particularly against mining megaprojects and hydropower plants.
¬†¬† She had warned many times about Free Trade Agreements as part of the machinery of impunity of transnational corporations. Bertha committed her life to health, land, against patriarchism and violence. She opposed the political coup d'etat of June 28, 2009; COPINH denounced the coup as an instrument of violence serving transnational corporations to exploit resources and to repress the dissent of social movements. Berta also opposed US military bases on Lenca territory.
In April 2015, Berta C√°ceres was awarded with Goldman prize, one of the most prestigious awards for environmental defenders. She was awarded for her hard work in defence of the Lenca territory against the Agua Zarca Hydropower Project of the Chinese transnational SINOHYDRO and national company Desarrollo Energ√©tico Sociedad An√≥nima (DESA). Lenca people had been denouncing for years the violation by corporations, military and governmental actors of the human right to water as source of life and culture.
¬†¬† Berta C√°ceres had children and was assigned precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) which were not implemented by the state. Berta has been assassinated by a state which protects the interests of local capital and transnational corporations that have destroyed the territory. Berta's commitment in favour of life, of those most in need, was the reason that several trials, investigations and threats were made against her.
¬†¬† The indigenous leader denounced many times death threats against her, and this was happening among a general violent context; 111 environmental activists in Honduras have been killed between 2002 and 2014, according to the 2014 report "¬ŅCu√°ntos m√°s?" of the ONG Global Witness. This makes Honduras the country with the highest rate of violence among the 17 countries analysed in the report. It also shows the architecture of impunity and violence of the large scale mining, of the hydroelectric business, among other activities in favour of private capital and complicit governments. According to the Honduras-based organization ACI-PARTICIPA (Asociaci√≥n para la participaci√≥n ciudadana en Honduras) more than 90% of assassinations and abuses in the country remain unpunished.
¬†¬† We firmly demand to the government of Honduras:
¬†¬† Finally, we call for an international peoples' mobilization and immediate denounce of Berta's assassination to the embassies and consulates of Honduras in our respective countries, to express our repudiation of such crimes and our firm demand of justice.
This declaration had been signed by over 200 international organizations and social movements, amongs others by:Accountability CounselActionAid USA Alabama Center for Rural EnterpriseAlabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ)Alianza AmericasAlliance Against Mining - Philippines (Alyansa Tigil Mina)Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ)Alliance for JusticeAmazon WatchAMERICA PARA TODOSAmerican Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)American Jewish World Service (AJWS)Amigos de la Tierra Espa√ĪaART NOT WARAzulBaurkot & BaurkotBeautiful Trouble Beautiful Rising Beyond Extreme EnergyBrooklyn For PeaceCasa de MarylandCatholics in Alliance for the Common GoodCenter for Biological DiversityCenter for Earth Ethics at Union Theological SeminaryCenter for Human Rights and Environment Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA)Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers UniversityCenter of ConcernCenter on Conscience & War, Washington DCCentral American Resource Center (CRECEN)Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San FranciscoCentro de Documentaci√≥n en Derechos Humanos ‚ÄúSegundo Montes Mozo S.J.‚ÄĚ (CSMM)Centro de Estudios para la Justicia Social TIERRA DIGNA, ColombiaChicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Refugee and Immigration MinistriesChurch World ServiceClimate Justice Alliance (CJA)Climate ParentsCoalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)CODEPINKColombia Support NetworkColumban Center for Advocacy and OutreachColumbia Divest for Climate JusticeCommittee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), Montreal, CanadaCommittee on U.S.-Latin American Relations, Cornell UniversityCommunications Workers of America (CWA)Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ)Community Justice Project, Inc. of Miami, FLConference of Major Superiors of MenCorporate Accountability InternationalThe Cross Border Network for Justice & Solidarity, Kansas City, MissouriCultural SurvivalDenver Justice & Peace CommitteeDisciples Justice Action Network Divest MiddleburyDominican Friars, Irving, TEXASDonella Meadows InstituteDue Process of Law FoundationEcoEquityEarthAction InternationalEarth Day NetworkEarthjusticeEnvironmental Defender Law Center (EDLC)Environmental Defenders Project, USAEnvironmental Investigation Agency (EIA)Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth NigeriaEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)Faith in Public LifeFamily Farm DefendersFarmworker Association of FloridaThe Fellowship of ReconciliationFERNFlorida Immigrant CoalitionFrance Am√©rique Latine/Francia Am√©rica LatinaFranciscan Action NetworkFriends Committee on National LegislationFriends of the Earth-United StatesFriends of Miami-Dade DetaineesFood FirstFood VoicesFund for Democratic Communities, Greensboro, NCGeorgia Detention WatchGlobal Alliance for the Rights of NatureGlobal Campaign for Peace EducationGlobal Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of ChristGlobal WitnessGoldman Environmental FoundationGrassroots Global Justice AllianceGrassroots InternationalGreen AmericaGreen Cross InternationalGreenLatinosGreenpeace USAGreenWoodGrupo Belga 'Solidair met Guatemala'Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC)The Guatemalan-Maya CenterGulf Coast Center for Law & PolicyHonduran Conservation CoalitionHonduras Accompaniment Project Hondurasdelegation, GermanyHonor the EarthHope Community CenterIBISIgnatian Solidarity NetworkIndigenous Environmental NetworkThe Ingrid Washinawatok Flying Eagle Woman Fund for Peace, Justice and SovereigntyInstitute for Agriculture and Trade PolicyInstitute for Justice & Democracy in HaitiInstitute for Policy Studies, Climate Policy Program, Global Economy Project and New Economy Maryland ProjectInteramerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, MNInterfaith Power & LightInternational Federation of SettlementsInternational Forum on GlobalizationInternational Institute on Peace EducationInternational Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)International Platform against ImpunityInternational RiversInternational Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)JA!FOE Mo√ßambiqueJASS (Just Associates)Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United StatesJesuit Social Research Institute/Loyola University New OrleansJust Foreign PolicyKyotoUSALa Asamblea Veracruzana de Iniciativas y Defensa Ambiental (LAVIDA), MexicoLabor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFL-CIO (LCLAA)Latin America Solidarity Committee-MilwaukeeLatin America Task Force of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice - Ann Arbor, MichiganLatin America Working Group (LAWG)Leadership Conference of Women ReligiousLEPOCO Peace Center, Bethlehem, PALiberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic RevolutionMaryknoll Office for Global ConcernsMedical Mission SistersMennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington OfficeMesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders InitiativeMissionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate-U.S Province (OMI)Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology ProjectMovimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo extractivo Minero -M4MN350Mundo Maya FoundationNational Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good ShepherdNational Family Farm CoalitionNational Immigration Law CenterThe National Religious Campaign Against TortureNicaragua NetworkNicaragua-US Friendship Office of the AmericasNOAH Friends of the Earth-DenmarkNonviolence InternationalNuclear Information and Resource ServiceThe Oakland InstituteOil Change InternationalOther WorldsOxfam AmericaPax Christi InternationalPax Christi USAPeace ActionPeace Action MontgomeryPeace Brigades International (PBI)Peace Development Fund, Amherst, MA and San Francisco, CAPeace Education Initiative, The University of ToledoPesticide Action Network North AmericaPlataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo (PIDHDD Regional)Presbyterian Church (USA)Presbyterian Peace FellowshipProgressive CongressProject SouthPublic CitizenPublic Services InternationalRadios Populares, Chicago ILRainforest Action NetworkRed Europea de Comites Oscar RomeroRed Mexicana de Lideres y Organizaciones MigrantesRights Action (USA)Robert F. Kennedy Human RightsRootsAction.orgThe Rural CoalitionSansristi IndiaThe Second Chance FoundationSEIU Florida Public Services UnionServicios Internacionales Cristianos de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de America Latina -- Oscar Romero (SICSAL)Sierra ClubSister Parish, Inc.Sisters of Mercy, Institute Justice TeamSisters of Notre Dame de Namur Justice and Peace OfficeSojournersThe Solidarity CenterSomeOfUsSOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations), NetherlandsSoulardaritySoutheast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN)South Florida Interfaith Worker JusticeStudent Power NetworksSustainUSSyracuse Peace CouncilTamales y BicicletasTask Force on the AmericasTrade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA)Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment)Tr√≥caireUni√≥n de Afectados por Texaco, Ecuador (UDAPT)Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)United Auto Workers Union (UAW)United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness MinistriesThe United Methodist Church ‚Äď General Board of Church and SocietyUPROSEVoces de la FronteraWashington Defender Association Immigration Project (WDAIP), Seattle, WAWashington Office on Latin America (WOLA)WE ACTWitness for PeaceWomen‚Äôs Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)Women's Environment and Development OrganizationWorld Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)Zo Indigenous Forum, Mizoram, India1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East ‚Äď Florida2020 Action350.orgDesmond D‚ÄôSa, Goldman Environmental Prize Winner 2014, Africa