A vigil and march in honor of Berta Cáceres, the beloved and globally recognized Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist who was murdered last month, was held in Washington DC on April 5, 2016 outside of the buildings of the World Bank and the Organization of American States (OAS).
The roughly 100 or so people gathered for the vigil included members of Berta’s family, colleagues from the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH), local activists, human rights defenders from throughout the Americas visiting for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) hearings, and representatives from a wide range of environmental, indigenous, women’s and human rights organizations.
The first to gather for the vigil outside of the World Bank building were surprised to find that someone had scrawled “Berta Lives” by the front entrance with a blood red paint marker.
Silvio Carrillo, Berta Cáceres’ nephew, speaks outside of the IACHR hearings in the OAS alongside his mother, Berta’s eldest sister, and Walker Grooms of Witness for Peace (WFP) who mc’ed the vigil.
Berta “Bertita” Zúñiga Cáceres exits from the IACHR hearings on April 5, 2016 and is greeted by those gathered for the vigil in honor of her mother.
The commissioners of the IACHR stood in solidarity with Berta Cáceres’ family members.