PBI-Honduras accompanies COPINH as Public Ministry seeks arrest warrant against ninth person accused of the murder of Berta Cáceres

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Photo: Indigenous Lenca water protector Berta Caceres.

The Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project tweets: “PBI will continue to accompany @COPINHHONDURAS in its demands for comprehensive justice in the case of #BertaCáceres. We will be very attentive to any progress regarding the request presented by the Public Ministry against Daniel #Atala.”

PBI-Honduras has accompanied COPINH since May 2016.

Deutsche Welle reports: “The Honduran Public Prosecutor’s Office announced this Friday (01.12.2023) that it has requested an arrest warrant against another person accused of the 2016 murder of emblematic environmentalist Berta Cáceres.”

It adds: “The Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the prosecutor’s request and the arrest warrant were filed against the ninth person involved in the murder of the environmental leader in March 2016.”

The article then concludes: “The Attorney General’s Office did not release the name of the new defendant, but the relatives and COPINH accuse prominent bankers who are partners of DESA in press statements.”

COPINH tweets: “An injunction has been filed against Daniel Atala for his participation in the crime against #BertaCáceres. #COPINH and Berta’s daughters/children hope that this is not just a media exhibition and that @MP_Honduras [Ministerio Publico/Public Ministry] responsibly fulfills their participation.”

And Reportar sin medio reports: “The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) confirmed today that a prosecutor’s injunction has been issued with an arrest warrant against Daniel Atala.”

That article also explains: “Daniel Atala is a member of the Atala Zablah family, whom COPINH has pointed to as the intellectual authors of Cáceres’ murder.”

Castro at COP28

Reportar sin medio adds: “The arrest warrant for Atala comes on the same day that Honduran President Xiomara Castro gives a speech at the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.”

It then notes: “In her speech, Castro recalled the Honduran defender of the territory. ‘I call on you to walk together on the path of dignity, humanism and environmental sustainability. Life begins in the mountains, in the rivers and in the forests. Let’s wake up, humanity, there is no more time. Berta Cáceres: Thank you!’ said the president.”

Video clip.

Video: Caceres receives Goldman Environmental Prize, April 19, 2015.

COP28 and environmental defenders, December 7

On Thursday December 7 at 12 pm ET, PBI-Canada is organizing a webinar on COP28 and environmental defenders. At least 1,390 land and environmental defenders have been killed since the COP21 climate summit in Paris in December 2015.

Caceres was killed in March 2016, just weeks after COP21.

Image of Caceres projected on building at COP26 in Glasgow, November 2021.

To register for our webinar on COP28 and environmental defenders, please click here. This webinar will be available in both English and Spanish.

The speakers include Wet’suwet’en land defender Eve Saint, Colombian water protector Yuli Velasquez, Global Witness policy advisor Javier Garate, and Climate Action Network activist Emily Lowan.


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