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Solidarity with COPINH members Berta Cáceres, Aureliano Molina and Tomas Gómez who face another trial day on Friday Sep 20th. The government and private prosecutors are asking Berta Caceres to be imprisoned and that Tomas Gomez and Aureliano Molina be given substitutive measures to imprisonment, including prohibited access to Rio Blanco and routine check-ins at the court house. If charged, the community of Rio Blanco will be left more vulnerable, silenced and invisible.
San Francisco Action:
Date: Thurs, September 19th In coordination with trial date for COPINH members on Friday Sep 20th
Location: Honduras Consulate
870 Market St #875, San Francisco, CA 94102
Make signs, bring statements and sign the petition to Judge Reyes Lissien Knight Lisseth and President Porfirio Lobo!
COPINH is a indigenous defense group who has been working intimately with the Lenca community of Rio Blanco Honduras. They have been fighting against the construction of a dam that was planned and contracted without their consent, a violation of ILO Convention 169. Since the road blockade began in April 2013, one person has been murdered, one kidnapped and many injured by the Honduran military. COPINH is now facing trial for illegitimate charges to further silence and repress the community. We are standing in solidarity with the indigenous struggle in Rio Blanco and with COPINH.
LINK TO ONLINE PETITION:
Why is it important to stand in solidarity with COPINH and Indigenous communities in Honduras:
-You are standing up for indigenous rights, a right protected by international law
-you are fighting for freedom of speech and the right to protest and organize
-you are defending families
-you are protecting the land and ecosystem in the region
-you are protecting other communities by standing up to international companies that brutalize and steal land from the poor
-you are taking a stand against brutality and corruption within governments internationally
-you are fighting to kept cultural traditions alive for generations to come
-you are supporting your own humanity and the human rights we all posses
-you are protecting communities globally by taking a stand against violence and repression