[03/03/2016]Berta Cáceres

Gender: Female

Location of the incident: Honduras

Counting Unit: Individual

Affiliation on the individual / type of group: Indigenous peoples

Specific attack on the HRD(s) / Rights of the HRD(s) affected by the incident:

  • Killings

Date of the incident: Thu 3 Mar 2016

Date accuracy: All correct

Summary of the incident: Assassination of Berta Cáceres, the leader of the indigenous group Consejo Civico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras – COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras) took place in the early hours of 3rd March 2016. COPINH has been active for over 20 years campaigning for the defense of the territory and rights of the Lenca people and the organisation has led fierce campaigns against illegal logging and mega-projects for their detrimental effects on the rights of indigenous peoples in the country, notably against the Agua Zarca dam. Berta Cáceres reported numerous threats before being killed, especially in the months prior.

Related Company/Companies:


Name: Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA)

Company sector: Energy Hydropower & dam projects

Headquarters: Headquarters in Honduras

Alleged degree of company involvement: Direct

Responded: No

Response: Honduras: Second member of indigenous group murdered within 2 weeks, Dutch development bank suspends activity


Name: COPRECA

Company sector: Construction Building materials & equipment

Headquarters: Headquarters in Honduras

Alleged degree of company involvement: Indirect

Responded: Yes

Response: Honduras: Second member of indigenous group murdered within 2 weeks, Dutch development bank suspends activity


Name: FMO

Company sector: Finance & banking

Headquarters: Headquarters in Netherlands

Alleged degree of company involvement: Indirect


Name: Finnfund

Company sector: Finance & banking

Headquarters: Headquarters in Finland

Alleged degree of company involvement: Indirect


Name: Siemens

Company sector: Technology, telecom & electronics

Headquarters: Headquarters in Germany

Alleged degree of company involvement: Indirect

Responded: Yes

Response: Honduras: Second member of indigenous group murdered within 2 weeks, Dutch development bank suspends activity


Name: Voith

Company sector: Engineering Energy

Headquarters: Headquarters in Germany

Alleged degree of company involvement: Indirect

Responded: Yes

Response: Honduras: Second member of indigenous group murdered within 2 weeks, Dutch development bank suspends activity

Project: Honduras_Agua Zarca dam

Related Investor(s):


Name: FMO

Other actors allegedly involved:


Alleged actor: Armed forces


Alleged actor: Local & state authorities


Alleged actor: Police

Issues the HRD is/was working on:

  • Land rights
  • Environment: General
  • Free, prior & informed consent

Broader issues related to this case:

  • Project financing/loans
  • Security issues & conflict zones: General

Sources of information:

Source of the incident: http://educaoaxaca.org/english/1885-statement-and-call-to-action-in-response-to-the-assassination-of-bertha-c%C3%A1ceres.html

Original language of the article: EN

Credit: Educa Oaxaca

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