Target: Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández
Goal: Protect the leadership of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, who have been repeatedly targeted by assassins.
Two leaders of the indigenous rights organizations formerly led by murdered environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres have been targeted by assassins. The current leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Tomas Gomez Membreño, was shot at by unidentified gunmen as he drove through the city of La Esperanza. Gunmen also attacked the home of Alexander Garcia, a local COPINH leader, shooting through his bedroom window while he and his wife were asleep.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in either attack. However, this is the second assassination attempt suffered by Tomas Gomez Membreño in just seven months, and one of numerous attacks against COPINH members and activists since the murder of Berta Caceres. Between 2010 and 2015, at least 109 environmental and indigenous activists were murdered in Honduras. The Honduran government has a duty to ensure that the rights of these activists and, therefore, must provide protection to ensure that members of COPINH are safe from these gunmen. Sign our petition to demand such protection.
Dear President Hernández,
I was shocked to hear of the attacks on COPINH activists Tomas Gomez Membreño and Alexander Garcia. The apparent ease at which unidentified gunmen are able to target activists in Honduras must be viewed as a serious threat to the authority of the Honduran government and its ability to protect the rights of Honduran citizens. I urge you to do everything in your power to identify theses criminals and bring them to justice.
Furthermore, considering the two assassination attempts against Tomas Gomez Membreño and the consistent attacks against members of COPINH, I believe it is necessary for the Honduran government to act to protect the organization and its members. To do otherwise would be to give tacit approval to people who would do business through intimidation, violence, and other criminal means. I ask you to stand by the law, by the rights guaranteed by your nation’s constitution, and Honduras’ commitments under international law.
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Photo Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize