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Murder Conviction for Killers of Honduran Environmentalist Berta Cáceres

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This June 15, 2016, file photo shows a framed image of environmentalist Berta Caceres on a makeshift altar made in her honor during a demonstration outside Honduras’ embassy, in Mexico City. An international team of lawyers charged Tuesday, Oct. 31 2017, that the killing of Caceres was the product of a coordinated plot that began four months earlier and suggested that leadership of a dam development company may have ordered her assassination.

Eduardo Verdugo

In March 2016, Berta Isabel Cáceres, an indigenous environmental activist from Honduras, was murdered. Last month, seven men charged with the execution-style murder were found guilty in court. They were hired by executives of the Agua Zarca dam company, Desa. The company was suffering severe financial losses, in part, from Cáceres-led protests of its hydroelectric dam project being built on indigenous Lenca territory. For her successful campaign to stop the Agua Zarca Dam project, Cáceres won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize - touted as “the world's largest award for grassroots environmental activists.” To discuss the trial, we’ll talk with Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, an interpreter, community organizer, and member of the Chicago-based human rights group, La Voz de Los de Abajo. Ginsberg-Jaeckle worked with Cáceres on human rights and environmental issues for nearly two decades.

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