This video from the USA says about itself:
Successor to Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres: Her Death is Tied to “Capitalist Neoliberal Policies”
15 June 2016
Today is a global day of action calling for “Justice for Berta”—to remember the slain Honduran activist Berta Cáceres. In at least nine cities across the United States and 10 countries across the world, protesters are gathering today to call on the U.S. to stop funding the Honduran military, over accusations that state security forces have been involved in human rights violations, extrajudicial killings—and the murder of environmentalists like Berta Cáceres.
Before her death, Berta and her organization, COPINH, were long the targets of repression by elite Honduran security forces and paramilitary groups. Only hours before she was killed, Berta Cáceres accused the military, including the U.S.-funded special forces TIGRES unit, of working on behalf of international corporations. We speak with Tomás Gómez Membreño, who replaced Cáceres as leader of COPINH.
2015 was the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders – people struggling to protect their land, forests and rivers: here.
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Environmental defenders are under attack in Asia’s deadliest country for environmentalists. In just more than a year under the current administration of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, at least 32 environmental defenders have been killed, 240 have been slapped with harassment lawsuits, and over 16,400 have been forcibly displaced because of their resistance to destructive projects.
It is no wonder that the natural resource-rich country was declared the deadliest in Asia and third deadliest in the world in the Global Witness 2017 report on killings of environment and land defenders.
Women who found their voice in the defense of the environment like indigenous Ifugao and village official Marilyn Lango, one of the leaders of the community organizations opposing Australian-Canadian mining firm Oceanagold in Nueva Vizcaya province, are being imprisoned by police and military forces on non-bailable charges. Six women human rights defenders working on mining and other environmental issues in the region of the Cordilleras have also been similarly lodged with harassment suits.
Big mining has much to do with the mayhem. Anti-mining activists such as Lito Casalla, a leader of agrarian reform beneficiaries from Batangas province defending their lands against the San Miguel Corporation subsidiary limestone mine project, constitute 56% of the monitored killings. Big mines such as Filminera and their figureheads in government are in fact responsible for all trumped-up charges we monitored.
Civilians are systematically targeted by bloody military operations under an increasingly aggressive ‘Oplan Kapayapaan’ counter insurgency program and the dark shadow of Martial Law. Communities opposing big mines, plantations, and other destructive projects, repeatedly accused as supporters of communist rebels, are being attacked by military and paramilitary troops with combat operations and bomb runs.
It is not a crime to defend the environment. It is our conviction that safeguarding the rights of environmental defenders and their communities is imperative to the protection of our environment and conservation of our natural resources.
We urge the Duterte administration to immediately free all remaining 15 illegally detained environmental defenders from prison, and drop all 230 trumped-up charges still lodged against environmental defenders. Urgent and concrete actions must also be taken to stop the killings of environmental defenders and bring to justice its perpetrators.
Let our fellow environmental defenders continue to freely speak out and take action.
1. Environmental Advocates against Repression and Tyranny in defense of Human Rights (EARTH)
2. Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE)
3. Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines (CEC-Phils)
4. Ministry on Ecology – Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila
5. Miriam Public Education and Awareness Campaign for the Environment (Miriam PEACE)
6. Netherlands Philippines Solidarity Association (NFS Amsterdam)
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