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Sisters of Providence Leadership Team, Justice Coordinating Commission endorse the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

Berta Caceres

Berta Caceres, an indigenous environmental activist, was murdered in her home in Honduras by armed men on March 2, 2016, after receiving many death threats for her work with indigenous people to protect their land.

On March 2, 2017, the one-year anniversary of her death, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), and 24 members of Congress, reintroduced the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act – H.R. 1299: To suspend United States security assistance with Honduras until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.

In a press statement, Rep. Johnson said, “Recent reports indicate that two of the men allegedly involved in Berta Caceres’ murder were trained in the United States – at Fort Benning in Georgia to be exact – through the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), more commonly known as the School of the Americas.”

The Sisters of Providence Leadership Team and the Justice Coordinating Commission joined more than 80 other organizations in endorsing the bill.

In 2015, Berta received the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work.

Watch this memorial tribute to Berta at the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony. The video is four minutes in length.

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1 Comment

  1. Avatar Bob Johnson on May 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Cardinal Dolan realizes that President Trump is doing a good job executing the Constitution and laws passed by Congress. He also is a supporter of Right to Life and the security of our Borders from “illegal crossings”
    As for climate change I suggest you write China & India because we have made serious reductions in co2 emissions. Of course the Liberal Communists in this country would eliminate fossil fuels & mandate electric vehicles be the only form of transport. These radicals do not understand the source that is used to power batteries. We are strong supporters of the Sisters of Providence and we decided to speak out and let you know there are Americans that Love Cardinal Dolan & the President of theUnited States!

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