Press & Policy Roundtable: Berta Caceres Family Delegation

Mária Austraberta Flores Lopez, mother of slain environmentalist Berta Cáceres, stands reflected in framed photographs of her daughter. Photo: Dany Barrientos

What: Oxfam is hosting a press and policy roundtable with the family of slain Honduran environmental activist and indigenous campaigner Berta Cáceres. The family will be accompanied by Doris Guttierez, a Honduran congressional representative and George Redman, the country director for Oxfam in Honduras. The panelists, including Caceres' mother Mária Austraberta Flores Lopez, will speak about the murder case and impunity, environmental damage, and corruption in Honduras.

Background: In 2016, Berta Cáceres was assassinated. Because she was internationally known, her murder brought unwanted attention to the Honduran government and to a country that continues to be deadly for human rights and environmental activists. Her family is worried about transparency and due process in the legal proceedings. There have been sentencing delays for the accused killers as well as delays in prosecuting David Castillo, the alleged mastermind behind the assassination and the former CEO of Energy Development SA (DESA). Berta Cáceres was protesting DESA’s plan to build the Agua Zarca dam at the time of her murder. The family is also concerned about the fate of MACCIH, the anti-corruption body tasked with investigating dozens of extractive and hydroelectric projects across Honduras.

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Where: Oxfam America (1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 1300, Washington, DC)

Call in: +1.929.205.6099 / Meeting ID: 824 088 011

Spanish translation will be provided.

Speakers:

  • Mária Austraberta Flores Lopez, mother of Berta Cáceres and a former congressional representative.
  • Gustavo Cáceres, brother of Berta Cáceres and a former youth minister.
  • Doris Guttierez, current congressional representative, lawyer, and member of the parliamentary front to support MACCIH.
  • George Redman, country director for Oxfam in Honduras.

For comments or questions contact Andrew Bogrand, Senior Communications Advisor, Oxfam.

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