David Castillo Found Guilty in Assassination of Berta Cáceres

Zoe Alexandra David Castillo, former president of DESA, was found guilty in the assassination of Berta Cáceres. Cáceres’ organization, COPINH, declared the ruling a ‘people’s victory’ and step towards breaking the pact of impunity in Honduras Roberto David Castillo, the former president of the Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. (DESA) company and a West Point trained military…

From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand

Don Fitz March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences…

Honduras: Five Years Demanding Justice

Peoples Dispatch Berta’s organization, COPINH, has called for a series of global actions to intensify the struggle demanding justice in her case Five years have passed since Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Berta was the co-founder and coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and…

Honduras: Hurricane Eta, Climatic Chaos and a Collapsed State

Flood-affected people cross a street on a boat in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta in La Lima, Honduras, Nov. 7, 2020. With an official death toll of 63 and thousands of victims as a result of Tropical Storm ETA, which hit the northern coast of Nicaragua with an intensity of 4 on the Safir scale,…

What is Happening with the Berta Cáceres Case?

Zoe PC In March 2021, 5 years will have passed since the assassination of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras. 56 months have passed since the assassination of Honduran Indigenous revolutionary Berta Cáceres. To this day, those who planned the murder of the leader of the Lenca community are yet to be punished. Her organization,…

100+ Days Without Garifuna Community Members

Over 100 days have passed since 5 members of the Garifuna community in Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras were kidnapped by armed men dressed in police uniforms. Four of the five who were abducted are members of OFRANEH, a grassroots organization of the Afro-descendant and indigenous Garifuna community in Honduras. OFRANEH, along with other Honduran…

Interview with Bertha Zúniga: David Castillo Must Face Trial

After suspending successive preliminary hearings set to evaluate the opening of the trial against David Castillo for a year and a half, the Honduran justice system announced on August 26 that an oral and public trial would be held against this man, a military intelligence officer trained at West Point, also known as an entrepreneur…

Berta Cáceres in Her Own Words

Asís Castellanos and Adrienne Pine Berta Cáceres, photo provided by Silvio Carrillo and used with permission of COPINH. Much of what has been written about Lenca/Honduran activist Berta Cáceres has focused on her identifications as an Indigenous woman and as an environmentalist. While neither is false, those two facts alone paint an anemic picture of…