Honduras: Second member of indigenous group murdered within 2 weeks, Dutch development bank suspends activity
“I cannot freely walk on my territory or swim in the sacred river and I am separated from my children because of the threats. I cannot live in peace, I am always thinking about being killed or kidnapped. But I refuse to go into exile. I am a human rights fighter and I will not give up this fight.”
Berta Cáceres in a 2013 interview with the Guardian
I strongly condemn the assassination of #BertaCaceres and call for a thorough and independent investigation— Michel Forst SR HRD (@ForstMichel) March 3, 2016
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre reached out to the companies and funders reportedly involved in the Agua Zarca project for statements on the assassination and on the safety & security of community members and others advocating on the project. We will indicate below any statements we receive.
Entities reportedly involved in financing Agua Zarca dam project:
- Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)
- Finnfund statement & FAQ
- FMO statement & FAQ
- Siemens statement
- USAID statement
- Voith statement
Companies reportedly involved in project development & implementation:
- COPRECA statement (only available in Spanish)
- Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA)
Note: Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned hydropower engineering & construction company, cited conflicts between the company (DESA) and local communities for leaving the project in 2013. See statement here. The Intl. Finance Corporation has also been allegedly linked to the project, but it denied its involvement.