November 2, 2017

2:30 PM

Co-sponsors:
The Center for Justice and International Law, Guatemala Human Rights Commission, Latin America Working Group Education Fund, JASS (Just Associates), Nobel Women’s Initiative, CIP Americas Program, Witness for Peace and the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Honorary Host: Congressional Progressive Caucus

Location (updated):
Rayburn House Congressional Office Building, 2226

The Center for Justice and International Law, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, JASS Nobel Women’s Initiative, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research held an event titled "Dam of Violence: The Plan that Killed Berta Cáceres: A Presentation of the Conclusions and Recommendations of an Independent Investigation into the Murder of Berta Cáceres" with members of the International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) and the daughters of Berta Cáceres.

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On March 2, 2016, the renowned indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Amid concerns over how the murder case was being handled, Cáceres’s family members and Cáceres’s organization, the Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH, by its Spanish initials), with the support of Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice, the Center for Justice and International Law, and others, convened an International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) to carry out an impartial and independent investigation into the facts surrounding Cáceres’s murder and the simultaneous attempt on Gustavo Castro’s life.

One year after being created, the GAIPE released its final report in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Washington, DC, which includes new evidence that powerful individuals appear to have been involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Cáceres. The report provides conclusions and recommendations as to how Honduras should proceed with the official investigation and bring to justice those responsible for Cáceres’s murder.