On Friday, June 3oth, at approximately 2:36 pm, Bertha Zúniga and a friend were on their way back home after visiting in the community of Cancire of the Municipality of Santiago Puringla in the department of La Paz, when they were attacked by four men wielding machetes and throwing rocks at them while they were in their vehicle. As reported, the driver of their vehicle was able to avoid a deadly accident with defensive driving skills and evading future incident by taking a detour. These kinds of attacks are all too frequent and many times deadly. Bertha’s mother Berta Caceres was murdered last year as a direct result of her work to bring justice to the Indigenous Peoples of Honduras. Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores was an environmental activist, indigenous leader of her people, and co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).
We demand that the authorities investigate and punish these aggressions. It is the responsibility of the State of Honduras to protect the physical integrity of COPINH members and to take all necessary measures to ensure that the organization carries out its work in defense of the rights of the Lencas communities and their territories.
We call on the international community to be vigilant and demand the protection of the members of COPINH to the Honduran authorities.
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