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2 Mar 2017

Moira Birss, NACLA (US)

A Year Without Berta

…On the anniversary of her death, Gustavo reflects on progress in the investigation into Berta’s murder, noting the continued need for an independent commission of experts, led by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to assure a fair and independent investigation of Berta’s assassination. That’s because, as Gustavo explains, any progress made thus far in the investigation is wholly inadequate when it comes to revealing and sanctioning the masterminds behind the crime….Gustavo also highlights the role of financial institutions in perpetuating continued violence and land grabbing in Honduras, and calls out the U.S. for contributing to a culture of impunity in Honduras, a point underscored by additional evidence uncovered by The Guardian this week that two of the men charged in the assassination received U.S. military training…Despite the ongoing impunity and continued killing of indigenous and environmental rights defenders in Honduras, Gustavo has not given up hope. In fact, he finds renewed hope in collective resistance, even in these very dark times…