OXFAM: End the violence, stop the Agua Zarca dam

To CABEI, FMO, FinnFund and Voith-Hydro (Siemens): As the main backers of the Agua Zarca project, you must withdraw from this project immediately following the murder of Berta Cáceres. To the Honduran Government: you must urgently guarantee the security and safety of the family of Ms Cáceres and members of the indigenous rights organisation COPINH, and ensure a full, independent investigation is carried out under the supervision of an international commission of experts.

 

Berta Cáceres took a courageous stand to protect the land and natural resources her community depend on. As a result, she was brutally murdered. Take action to support Berta’s work, and stop the violence.

Join the fight and call on all investors and companies involved in the Agua Zarca dam project to withdraw their funding and involvement now.

The project, which is not yet built, is strongly but peacefully opposed by the Lenca people. They face losing their access to the river Gualcarque, an important sacred site and a major source of water and food. Standing up against powerful interests is dangerous and Ms Cáceres’ is the latest murder of land activists – both in Honduras and world-wide – and it must be the last.

As a member of the Lenca indigenous group, Berta Cáceres co-founded COPINH to fight for indigenous rights. She led the peaceful opposition to the building of a project that would alter a river sacred to the Lenca people,  and limit their access to drinking water and food. For this she paid with her life.

Berta’s family and members of her organisation are also clearly under threat. We ask the Honduran government, to ensure the security and safety of Berta’s family and members of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).

International investors and companies have no place now in continuing their support for the Agua Zarca dam project she was fighting against.

The regional Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI),  the Dutch development bank FMO, Finnfund from Finland, and the Voith-Hydro (Siemens) engineering partnership from Germany, who are supplying equipment for the project, must withdraw.

End the violence, stop the Agua Zarca dam project.

This campaign is part of the Land Rights Now campaign

Origen: Join Berta’s Fight

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