By Beverly Bell on March 1, 2017
One year ago today, Berta Cáceres was murdered by the national and local Honduran government and a multinational dam company, with at least the tacit support of the US. Last September, all the evidence Cáceres’ family had collected over many months was stolen, almost certainly by the government. The government has also refused to share information with the family and to allow independent parties like the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to help with the process. Eight people have been arrested for her murder which according to The Guardian was an extrajudicial killing planned by military intelligence specialists linked to the Honduran US–trained special forces.
Please contact your US congressperson to urge him or her to endorse the Berta Cáceres Human Rights Act, which is being re-introduced today, March 2, 2017. It compels the US government to cut military aid to Honduras until it improves its human rights record. Please spread the call to your networks, too.
The legacy of Cáceres’ vision and work lives on. Here, two of her daughters discuss Cáceres’ political, spiritual, and intellectual heritage.
Beverly Bell: How do you see your mother’s legacy?
By Carlos Aznárez on March 4, 2017
With all due respect, after four years since your untimely death comrade Hugo Chavez Frias, I want to talk to you without protocols or formalities like you always did with your mischievous laughter and smile.
We miss you, Commander, for your adherence in addressing your (our) enemies, to whom you targeted with endless determination. To all of them you exposed their brutality and greed day in and day out.
We miss that while we were swimming in a sea of political mediocrity you rose up on that glorious day to clearly denounce the contradictions of the United Nations that still smelled from the sulfur of Bush and his genocidal crimes. Who can deny that with that you generated a total global sympathy amongst those who were the victims of those crimes against humanity? We remember when you furiously attacked the corrupt bureaucrats and pimps who were trying to seduce you with compliments. You put them in their place by always listening to the voice of the people.
You did not turn away either from reporting on the multinational predators, or the paramilitaries who killed social leaders in Colombia, Mexico or Honduras, knowing that the war against freedom fighters extends (as is happening right now) to many countries of Latin America.
With this same clarity, but also with irony, you were able to see the future that would later be unleashed against