martes, 11 de octubre de 2016

Alert!  Assassination attempts against the General Coordinator of COPINH and a Community leader of COPINH. 

The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) denounces to the national and internacional public the assassination attempts against the compañeros Tomás Gómez Membreño, General Coordinator of COPINH  and Alexander García Sorto, a community leader de Llano Grande, Colomoncagua.

In two distinct circumstances, yesterday on October 9, these two compañeros were subjected to unknown persons arriving on the one hand at the home of compañero Alexander García where they shot numerous times into the principal door and the window of the bedroom where he and his wife and two daughters were sleeping.  The shots were made with the intention of assassinating Alexander Garcia along with his family. 

On the night of the same day, a person shot at the pickup truck of the organization being driven by  compañero Tomás Gómez Membreño, General Coordinator of COPINH, as he left the meeting center of  Utopía en route to his house. 

The attempt against compañero Alexander García was a second try, since on May 6 of this year, two months after the assassination of our general coordinator Berta Cáceres, he was shot leaving his house by the ex military Enedicto Alvarado, when Alexander was wounded and almost killed.  This shooting aggression at his house occurred after the ex military had been processed and his family had made threats against Alexander for not withdrawing the denunciation.

COPINH denounces these assassination attempts against compañero Tomás Gómez, who assumed the general coordination of COPINH after the assassination on March 2 of the compañera Berta Cáceres, and against compañero Alexander García, as attempts to silence the struggle of COPINH against the projects of death in Lenca territories, pushed by this corrupt government that is on its knees before the economic interests at both national and international levels. 

Likewise, COPINH denounces the shots fired in the Lenca Community of Rio Blanco, by hit men paid for by DESA, as a form of intimidation and threat against the community for opposing the destruction of the Gualcarque River and the seizure of territories of the Lenca people.  

Now 7 months since the assassination of our compañera Berta Cáceres, those who oppose the projects of death such as the Agua Zarca/ DESA dam on the Gualcarque River and the dam by HIDROSIERRA on the Negro River in the municipality of Colomoncagua continue to be targeted.  These are attempts to kill those who defend their rights as Lenca people and who strive to build viable alternatives for the development of our communities and of the entire world, and not the development of the pocketbooks of a few.

Now 7 months since the assassination of our general coordinator, neither the government nor the institutions have responded to our demands to cancel the projects the communities were never consulted about, to authorize an independent investigation of the assassination, to demilitarize the Lenca territories and to cease the persecution and stigmatization against COPINH.  We demand answers.

We demand the closing of Agua Zarca/DESA and all of the other illegitimate, unconsulted death projects that can be found in our territories.

We demand respect for the lives of all the members of COPINH.

We demand justice surrounding all those who assassinated Berta Cáceres.

Berta did not die, she multiplied.

With the ancestral strength of Berta, Lempira, Mota, Iselaca and Etempica, we raise our voices full of life, justice, dignity, freedom and peace. 

Sent on October 10, 2016 from La Esperanza, Intibucá.

jueves, 15 de septiembre de 2016

Honduras: “The State and the extractive economic model are responsible for the assassination of Berta”

Photo G. Trucchi/REL-UITA
Interview with Tomás Gómez, Interim Coordinator of COPINH

By Giorgio Trucchi / LINyM |Rel-UITA

On September 2 of this year, in various cities around the world, voices of protest were raised again against the complicit silence of Honduran authorities and the veil of impunity that, after 6 
months, still covers the brutal assassination of the indigenous leader Berta Cáceres Flores.

In La Esperanza, Intibucá hundreds of indigenous Lenca people organized by Copinh (1) mobilized along with family members of the murdered social justice fighter and with members of the Garífuna people organized in Ofraneh (2) to demand justice for Berta Cáceres, punishment for the material and intellectual perpetrators of the crime and an immediate end to the criminalization of the struggle against the extractive model and plunder of the natural resources that are public goods.

- See photo gallery LINyM or Rel-UITA

Tomás Gómez Membreño is the interim coordinator of Copinh. Six months ago it fell to him to take the position and begin tirelessly  working so that the pain, frustration and anger of an entire people would be transformed into a creative and purposeful force. 

sábado, 10 de septiembre de 2016

COPINH statement on today's (08 sept 16) mobilization to Tegucigalpa as another public official faces charges for illegally granting permits to Agua Zarca hydroelectric project

ALERT- Olban Milla from COPINH’s community radios was detained by the police today around 2:20am outside of a COPINH building while leaving to meet up with other COPINH members to go to today’s mobilization in Tegucigalpa in front of the La Granja Courthouse. While he was since released without charges, this is yet another example of unfounded and ongoing persecution against COPINH!  
COPINH protested in front of the First Circuit Criminal Court in the La Granja neighborhood of Tegucigalpa today, Thursday September 8th, at 9am, where a hearing against the ex-Vice minister for the Environment and Natural Resources (SERNA), Jonathan Laínez, took place for having granted the environmental permit to the Agua Zarca project in violation of the rights of the Lenca people to free, prior and informed consultation. We also ask for attention to the ruling that will be made today in the First Circuit Court of Intibucá stemming from last Monday’s hearing against the former Mayor of Intibucá Martiniano Dominguez. 
COPINH demands the immediate incarceration of all public officials who authorized the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project on the sacred Gualcarque River in open violation of ILO Convention 169 and the rights of the Lenca people. 
The case against ex-Vice Minister Lainez is the result of the complaints filed by our General Coordinator Berta Cáceres with the Special Prosecutor for Ethnicities and Cultural Patrimony against the officials who approved dozens and dozens of hydroelectric concessions in Lenca territory in violation of ILO Convention 169 and the right to free, prior and informed consent, bypassing the authority and decisions of the Lenca communities, serving as lackeys for international economic interests and the small group of elites who govern this country.
The approval of the Agua Zarca Project and other illegal and illegitimate projects have true campaigns of terror and repression against the Lenca people for defending the rights of our people and of Mother Earth, leading to the cruel assassination of our sister Berta Cáceres. So-called “development” has mean assassinations, aggression and repression against the Lenca people. What kind of development has to be implemented with the barrel of a gun and indignity?
We demand punishment for all public officials who attack the Lenca people. We demand as a Lenca people that this justice system start to reflect that name and act with impartiality in this case. We call for our people’s rights to be respected and that the justice system respond to the demands of the Lenca people.
With the ancestral strength of Berta, Lempira, Mota, Iselaca and Etempica we raise our voice full of life, justice, freedom, dignity and peace!
La Esperanza, Honduras, September 8th, 2016

viernes, 2 de septiembre de 2016


The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, 6 months after the assassination of COPINH’s General Coordinator, hereby states that:

  • The assassination of the woman who served as COPINH’s General Coordinator and who was a founding member of the organization was a crime committed against the entire Lenca people’s struggle to build autonomy and defend Mother Earth, our shared natural resources, and our rights as indigenous peoples.

  • Despite this crime we re-affirm that we will continue our fierce struggle against the deadly projects that have been imposed without consultation since the 2009 military coup d’état. We know that our sister Berta Cáceres Flores has not died as long as neither her struggle nor her political project, embodied by this organization, have died.

  • Our compañera Berta Cáceres, our sister, is the victim of a State crime, having suffered persecution by Honduran authorities, security forces and courts and criminalization of her work throughout her years of political activity, aided and abetted by corporations like DESA, and international banks like FMO, CABEI and FINNFUND, who want to plunder our shared natural resources to turn them into their own profit.

  • Over the 23 years of our organization’s existence, this crime has been the biggest blow to our people and it is an attempt to end the struggle waged by COPINH, which continues to suffer from demonization and criminalization by the government and national and international corporations and financial institutions.

  • Having accompanied Berta in her struggle, which is our people’s struggle, we are completely clear that justice will not come from the corrupt and inefficient institutions that have promoted the extermination of peoples in resistance and that the arrests they have made do not represent justice for this assassination but are clear example of the way that impunity is produced in this country.
  • COPINH continues to demand the creation of an Independent Investigation Commission so that we can get to the bottom of this crime, a demand that has fallen on the government’s deaf ears.
  • For several years COPINH has been demanding the expulsion of the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project from Lenca territory, where it has been imposed without consultation, along with the 50 other concessions for dams and wind-power megaprojects that they seek to impose upon our territory.
  • The Lenca people are fighting to live in peace, which is why we demand the de-militarization of our territories, where the soldiers, police and private security forces exist to secure private investments by violating the most basic of human rights and sewing fear, terror and death.
  • Faced with this assassination, the corporations and banks who finance terror and death should know that COPINH will be unwavering in its efforts to find those who participated in this act. May the perpetrators know that we will not rest in our search for Justice for our sister and that we will denounce each and every attack we suffer for carrying out our work before the international authorities.
  • COPINH knows that both before and after the 2009 coup d’état the violence and atrocities come from the interference of the U.S., with its money and its interventions, as with the coup d’état itself. The imposition of the extractivist model comes as a result of the U.S. capitalist doctrine and Berta’s assassination is part of a clear strategy to eliminate by force any form of opposition to that economic model, which the U.S. is at the heart of.
  • We denounce the campaigns to criminalize our organization, financed by DESA on national TV, where they roll out Gloria López, a person who does not represent Lenca women and is a farce of a dignified indigenous person and who we are sure is being used by Honduran businessmen to manipulate public opinion and create more conflict.
  • COPINH is completely clear what justice in the face of this enormous loss means: finding who assassinated her, who gave the order to assassinate her, and denouncing the criminal power structure that allowed for her assassination. It means that the work of resistance, of emancipation, of rebellion by COPINH and the Lenca people remains steadfast. It means tireless struggle against this economic, political and cultural system that seeks to eliminate our communities, their ancestral resistance and alternatives to dispossession, exploitation, racism and exclusion.
  • Justice is keeping the memory of Berta’s life alive, the convictions that led her to be the greatest leader of the Lenca people in the history of the Lenca people’s resistance. Justice is clearly telling the corporations, the representatives of the state and all of those who enter Lenca territory that we will not allow the development of any project, action or activity that rolls over people or that eliminates our voices. It means development by the communities and NOT by corporations that take advantage of communities, development based on proposals that stem from our needs.
Six months after this vile crime the Lenca people continue to cry over this loss for the Honduran social movement, yet we have not forgotten that her spirit accompanies us as one more ancestor who has joined us in the millenarian resistance of the Lenca people.
Six months after this assassination thousands of voices have risen to demand Justice for Berta and to take up our demands, for which COPINH profoundly thanks the communities, grassroots social movements and civil society from all regions of the continent and world. As a people in struggle we know that justice will come only through the efforts of the grassroots social movement and people of conscience.

Berta didn’t die, she multiplied!
With the ancestral strength of Berta, Lempira, Mota, Iselaca and Etempica we raise our voices full of life, justice, freedom, dignity and peace!

La Esperanza, Honduras, September 2nd, 2016

jueves, 1 de septiembre de 2016

Letter to Berta Cáceres, my mom. + video

Indigenous Lenca activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated this past March 2nd in La Esperanza, Honduras the city in which she was born. From the beginning, her family and COPINH, the organization she served as coordinator, blamed DESA, a company that is building a project of death along the Gualcarque River. Six months later, her daughter Berta, one of the three who has taken up the baton, writes this letter to her mother.

Letter to Berta Cáceres, my mom.

Six months ago I was in a frenzy, travelling from Mexico to Honduras, time moved in slow motion around me. I had to meet up with Laura and Salva, to say goodbye to your hands and eyes.
The news of your assassination came as no surprise. Days before we had been together writing a communiqué to denounce the re-activation of the Agua Zarca project on the other side of the Gualcarque River. We were hoping to stop it by calling out the complicity of the banks providing the financing, with full knowledge that they had no intention to listen and knowing all too well the extent of DESA’s aggression.
I never believed that you were gone, my tears never flowed from the pain of despair, they flowed from indignation at how the world could have allowed your death, at what type of perverse beings had dared to fill your body with bullets, at knowing that you would no longer have your voice.
It scared me how well you had prepared us for this news, the confidence you had that once your voice was gone ours would be here, the thousands of us speaking for you, to continue crying out with your familiar cry: Justice.
The search for justice has taken us on a tortuous path of silence, but also a path full of many arms, hands and hearts that will not allow Berta Cáceres to die with impunity.
Six months later we are indignant that though we continue asking for the participation of an independent investigatory body so that we can discover the truth about the crime committed against you, the dictatorial and coup-continuing government of Juan Orlando Hernández continues to ignore our request.
We are indignant that DESA-Agua Zarca has no intention of stopping the project, that they send out their engineer Elsia Paz to the mainstream media channels in Honduras to “clean up” the company’s image.
We are indignant that banks like FMO have no intention of cutting off financing for this project of death though they always knew what was happening and never cared nor do they care now what we have had to live through because of their colonialist attitude and blood-drenched money.
We are indignant at the ineptitude of Honduran institutions in a case that is a “national priority.”
Over and over again the words to one of your favorite songs flood my heart, “…and though the night settles in, the moon returns, love returns.” That was one of your principles. You lived through every imaginable adversity yet never stopped, always smiling, always filled with satisfaction fighting shoulder to shoulder with your people, building revolutions in your home and in the streets.
And now that is what we do - smile and fight like warriors, never losing hope.
Six months ago I knew that my arms, my hands and my voice were also yours. Six months ago I declared war on death.
In these six months thousands of voices have cried out: “Justice for Berta!”
On that day, March 3rd, I lost you and I gained countless aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters.
We will continue fighting for you, with your values, with your strength, with your joy, without fear: Berta Cáceres cannot be assassinated.

They didn’t kill my mom and the assassins who wanted to kill her screwed themselves because she is here, because she lives in each and every one of us, because as long as we keep on fighting against that killer dam, against the privatization of the forests and the air, we will keep standing up, we will all keep on standing up and that is where my mom will live on, that is where Berta Cáceres will live.

With the same co-conspirator love as always:
We will get it done, that’s a promise.
We will fight until we win, mom!
Bertha Zúniga Cáceres

martes, 23 de agosto de 2016

“Justice for Berta NOW” Days of Artistic, Cultural and Spiritual Mobilization

Call to Action

The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) calls on its communities and social movements, organizations and civil society to join us in the “Justice for Berta NOW” Days of Artistic, Cultural and Spiritual Mobilization that will take place September 1st-3rd in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras.

The objective of this action is to share through mobilization, art and spirituality our cry for justice for the assassination of our compañera and sister Berta Cáceres Flores and to continue camping together in actions to denounce the participation of Honduran institutions, private enterprise and international banks in this crime.

During this action we will continue to demand that the state accept an Independent Investigatory Commission and the immediate and definitive cancellation of the deadly DESA-Agua Zarca project.

We also call on the international community to join in this action with public actions that show support for these demands.

Thursday September 1st       
3:00pm  Bringing flowers to the grave of our sister Berta.        (Cemetery in La Esperanza, Intibucá.)
6:30pm  Showing of documentary about the struggle of Berta Cáceres & COPINH   (“Utopía” Convening and Friendship Center)

Friday September 2nd
7:30am  Justice for Berta NOW March   (We leave from “La Gruta”)
2:00pm  Spiritual ceremony.    (“Utopía” Convening and Friendship Center)
3:30pm  Concert and theater demanding Justice. (“Utopía”)

Saturday September 3rd       

9:00am  Forum on the impact of dams in Lenca communities (“Utopía”)

It has been 6 since this crime, 6 months of impunity!
Justice for Berta NOW!

La Esperanza, Intibucá August 22nd, 2016

martes, 9 de agosto de 2016



Recognizing the continued repression and aggressions faced by the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) as executed by the Honduran government, national and transnational corporations, we launch this campaign , with the support of COMPPA, in order to strengthen our communications.

“Communication is a weapon for creating and capacity building, it allows us the range and diversity in order to create new appropriate things for our reality. For example, the community radios reach many people that do not know how to read and write, making the radio essential. For that reason we continue to work to strengthen this process, which is vital for the process of political organizing for COPINH”
Berta Cáceres, General Coordinator of COPINH, murdered on March 2, 2016.

Our first line of defense of mother earth and our rights as indigenous people is THE WORD. Through COPINH radios we inform, multiply, organized and educate people in order to continue the defense of nature and rights of first nations peoples. By demanding our right to freedom of expression and the right of access to and the production of information we defend life against the destruction and threats we receive from economic projects and the politics of displacement. For that reason, we continue to struggle and strengthen our word and our voices.

COPINH has one AM and four FM radio stations that are part of the    Mesoamerican Network of Community, Indigenous, Garifuna and Feminist Radios in Honduras:
- La Voz Lenca FM
- La Voz Lenca AM
- Radio Guarajambala FM (listen to us in internet)
- Radio la Voz del Gualcarque FM
- Radio la Voz de Opalaca

However, it has been over almost 13 years since the first radio was established. Now it is necessary to begin an intensive process of maintenance, improvement, and expansion of the equipment while reinforcing our capacity and production quality in order to continue providing information and breaking the media barriers.

How will funds from this campaign be used?
Funds will be used for:
  • Maintaining and improving the existing radio infrastructure and equipment.
  • Begin two new radios.
  • Capacity building for COPINH community communicators.
  • Strengthen connections and mutual aid between the radios that form the Mesoamerican Network of Community, Indigenous, Garifuna and Feminist Radios in Honduras.

For all of these reasons we ask that you support defending mother earth in all of the Lenca territories and the freedom of expression by distributing this campaign and by making a donation (the amount is not important, rather that each person participates according to their ability) so that the COPINH community radios may strengthen their voice in Lenca territory.

Who are COPINH:
The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) is an Indigenous Lenca organization made up of 200 Lenca communities in the western Honduran states of Intibuca, Lempira, La Paz, and Santa Barbara. COPINH was born in 1993 when the Indigenous and popular movements in the Honduran state of Intibuca came together to stop logging and advance popular struggles. Today, COPINH encompasses 4 states in western Honduras and struggles for the rights of the Lenca people, including environmental, cultural, economic, social, health, education, and Indigenous rights. COPINH defends the Lenca territory and our natural resources as part of our Lenca cosmovision of respect for Mother Earth.
For over 20 years, the Lenca people organized in COPINH have defended our communities and natural resources from logging, dams, mining projects, and other megaproyects that would destroy our way of life and environment. We have stopped at least 50 logging projects that would have deforested our land and forests and 10 hydroelectric dams that threatened Lenca communities, including the huge Tigre Dam project on the border of Honduras and El Salvador. Together with other Indigenous organizations we successfully pressured that the Honduran government to ratify ILO Convention 169 on the Rights of Indigenous People, which includes the right to free, prior, and informed consultation of Indigenous communities about projects that affect us. COPINH has also successfully fought for the creation and funding of health centers and schools in Lenca communities.

COMPPA (Popular Communicators for Autonomy) is a collective that works with over a dozen grassroots organizations across Mesoamerica, mainly in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. For more then ten years we’ve dedicated ourselves to working alongside popular and indigenous organizations to build skills that strengthen their basic human right to communication, including the right to freedom of expression, freedom of information, and the rights of women and indigenous peoples to have access to their own media. 
At COMPPA, we help strengthen grassroots communities through the use of popular communication by facilitating the sharing of experiences among the organizations with which we work and providing support through equipment and training in radio, video, and internet.
For more information about COMPPA, visit our website, or write us at




Ante la continua represión y agresiones en contra del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) por parte del estado hondureño y empresas nacionales y transnacionales, nosotros como COPINH, lanzamos esta campaña para fortalecer su área de comunicación.

“La comunicación es un arma para la formación y capacitación, nos permite la amplitud y diversidad para crear nuevas cosas adecuadas a nuestra realidad, por ejemplo, con las radios comunitarias, pues muchísima gente de nuestra región no sabe leer ni escribir y la radio es esencial. Por ello seguimos en el esfuerzo de fortalecer este eje, que es vital en el proceso político organizativo del COPINH”
Berta Cáceres, Coordinadora General del COPINH, asesinada el 2 de marzo 2016

Nuestra primera línea de defensa de la madre tierra y nuestros derechos como pueblo indígena es LA PALABRA. A través de las Radios del COPINH informamos, multiplicamos, organizamos y sensibilizamos a la población para continuar y sumar esfuerzos en la defensa del medio ambiente y de los derechos territoriales de los pueblos originarios. Ejerciendo nuestro derecho a la libertad de expresión y el derecho al acceso y la producción de información, defendemos la vida y la madre tierra en contra de la destrucción y las amenazas por parte de intereses económicos y las políticas de despojo. Por ello, seguimos levantando y fortaleciendo nuestra palabra y voces.

Actualmente, en el COPINH contamos con 4 radios en FM y una en AM que forman parte de la Red Mesoamericana de Radios Comunitarias, Indígenas, Garífunas y Feministas de Honduras:
- La Voz Lenca FM
- La Voz Lenca AM
- Radio Guarajambala FM (escuchanos por internet)
- Radio la Voz del Gualcarque FM
- Radio la Voz de Opalaca

Sin embargo, tras casi 13 años que se instaló la primera radio, ahora es necesario realizar un proceso intensivo de mantenimiento, mejoramiento y ampliación de las instalaciones además de reforzar nuestra capacidad y calidad de producción para así seguir informando y rompiendo el cerco mediático por la defensa de la madre tierra.

¿Cómo se usará lo recaudado en esta campaña?
El apoyo recaudado se utilizará para:
  • Mantener y mejorar la infraestructura y equipos existentes en las radios.
  • Levantar dos nuevas radios.
  • Capacitación para comunicadorxs comunitarixs del COPINH.
  • Fortalecer los vínculos y el apoyo mutuo entre las radios que conforman la Red Mesoamericana de Radios Comunitarias, Indígenas, Garífunas y Feministas.

Por todo ello te invitamos a apoyar la defensa de la madre tierra en los territorios lencas y a la libertad de expresión difundiendo esta campaña y/o haciendo un aporte (no importa la cantidad, cada quién con sus posibilidades) para que las radios comunitarias del COPINH fortalezcan su voz en la defensa del territorio Lenca.

COMPPA (Comunicador@s Populares Por La Autonomía) es un colectivo que trabaja con una docena de organizaciones de base en Mesoamérica, principalmente en México, Guatemala y Honduras. Desde hace mas de 10 años nos dedicamos a acompañar a organizaciones indígenas y populares en la formación, capacitación y apoyo técnico para el ejercicio y la construcción de sus derechos a la comunicación como derechos humanos esenciales: derecho a la libertad de expresión, derecho a la información, derecho a la comunicación de los pueblos indígenas y derecho a la comunicación de las mujeres indígenas.
En COMPPA apoyamos los esfuerzos de lucha de las comunidades a través de la comunicación popular, propiciando intercambios entre las diferentes organizaciones con las que trabaja, apoyo con equipo y capacitación en producción de radio, video e internet.

Para más información sobre la historia del trabajo de COMPPA, visita nuestro sitio: o escríbenos a





Um unsere Arbeit auf dem Gebiet der Kommunikation zu stärken und angesichts der fortdauernden Repression und Aggressionen gegen den Zivilen Rat der Basis und indigenen Organisationen von Honduras (COPINH) durch den honduranischen Staat und nationale und transnationale Unternehmen, ruft der COPINH, mit der Unterstützung von COMPPA, zu dieser Kampagne auf.

“Die Kommunikation ist eine Waffe der Bildung und Schulung. Sie erlaubt uns den Spielraum und die Vielfältigkeit um neue, an unsere Realität angepasste Dinge zu erschaffen. Die komunitären Radios zum Beispiel sind essentiell, da viele Leute in unserer Region nicht lesen und schreiben können. Darum stärken wir weiterhin diesen Prozess, da er lebenswichtig ist für den politischen Organisationsprozess des COPINH.”
Berta Cáceres, Generalkoordinatorin des COPINH, ermordet am 2. März 2016

Unsere erste Verteidigungslinie der Mutter Erde und unserer Rechte als Indigene ist DAS WORT. Durch die Radios des COPINH informieren, vervielfältigen, organisieren und sensibilisieren wir die Bevölkerung, um weiterhin die Umwelt und die indigenen Rechte zu verteidigen und die Anstrengungen dafür zu vereinigen. Durch die Ausübung unseres Rechtes auf Meinungs- und Informationsfreiheit verteidigen wir das Leben gegen die Zerstörung und Bedrohungen durch ökonomische Interessen und der räuberischen Politik.
Deshalb erheben und verstärken wir unser Wort und unsere Stimmen.

Aktuell hat der COPINH 4 Radiosender in FM und einen Radiosender in AM die Teil des Mittelamerikanischen Netzwerkes komunitärer, indigene, garifuna und feministischer Radios sind.
- La Voz Lenca FM
- La Voz Lenca AM
- Radio Guarajambala FM (internetstream anhören)
- Radio la Voz del Gualcarque FM
- Radio la Voz de Opalaca

Um weiterhin informieren zu können und um die mediale Ausgrenzung zu durchbrechen, sind nun, nach fast 13 Jahren seit der Installation des ersten Radiosenders, ausgiebige Wartungsarbeiten und die Erneuerung und der Ausbau der Installationen notwendig. Zudem ist die Erweiterung unserer Kapazitäten und Kenntnisse und die Verbesserung der Qualität unserer Produktionen geplant.

Das gesammelte Geld wird eingesetzt fuer:
  • Wartung und Erneuerung der Installation und der Geräte in den Radios
  • Der Aufbau von zwei neuen Radiosendern
  • Weiterbildung von Komunitären Berichterstatter_innen des COPINH
  • Der Ausbau der Zusammenarbeit und der gegenseitigen Hilfe zwischen den komunitären Radiosendern des Mesoamerikanischen Netzwerkes der komunitären, indigenen, garifuna und feministischen Radios

Deshalb laden wir dich ein, die Verteidigung der Mutter Erde und die Meinungsfreiheit zu unterstützen und diese Kampagne weiter zu verbreiten und/oder einen Beitrag zu leisten, damit die komunitären Radios des COPINH ihre Stimmen verstärken.
(Die Größe des Beitrags ist nicht wichtig, jeder nach seinen Möglichkeiten)




Face à la  répression continue et aux agressions perpétrées contre le Conseil civique des organisations populaires et indigènes du Honduras (COPINH) par l'État hondurien et les entreprises nationales et transnationales, nous, membres du COPINH, lançons cette campagne pour renforcer notre service de communication.

"La communication est une arme pour la formation et l'apprentissage qui nous offre de l'amplitude et de la diversité afin de créer de nouvelles choses adaptées à notre réalité. C'est le cas des radios communautaires, puisque de très nombreux habitants de notre région ne savent ni lire, ni écrire, et que la radio est un média essentiel pour eux. C'est pourquoi nous poursuivons l'effort de développer ce secteur vital du processus politique et organisationnel du COPINH. " - Berta Caceres, coordinatrice générale du COPINH, assassinée le 2 mars 2016

Notre première arme dans la défense de la Terre Mère et de nos droits en tant qu'indigènes est LA PAROLE. À travers les radios du COPINH, nous informons, multiplions, organisons et sensibilisons le public pour continuer à rassembler les efforts de chacun dans la défense de l'environnement et des droits territoriaux des peuples indigènes. En exerçant notre liberté d'expression et notre droit à l'accès à et à la production de l'information, nous défendons la vie et la Terre Mère de la destruction et des menaces de pillage que les puissances économiques et politiques font peser sur nous. C'est pourquoi nous continuons à lever et amplifier notre parole et nos voix.

Actuellement, le COPINH dispose de quatre radios émettant sur la bande FM et une sur la bande AM. Elles font partie du Réseau mesoaméricain de radios communautaires, indigènes, garifunas et féministes du Honduras :
- La Voz Lenca FM
- La Voz Lenca AM
- Radio Guarajambala FM
- Radio la Voz del Gualcarque FM
- Radio la Voz de Opalaca

Cependant, près de treize ans après l'installation de la première radio, il est aujourd'hui nécessaire de réaliser des travaux intensifs de maintenance, d'amélioration et d'agrandissement de nos installations. Mais aussi de renforcer notre capacité et notre qualité de production pour continuer à rompre le cercle médiatique au service de la défense de la Terre Mère.

Comment l'argent collecté durant la campagne sera-t-il utilisé ?
Les dons serviront à :
- Mantenir et améliorer l'infrastructure et les équipements existants dans les radios; - Monter deux nouvelles radios;
- Former des communicants communautaires du COPINH;
- Renforcer les liens et le soutien mutuel entre les radios qui composent le Réseau mesoaméricain de radios communautaires, indigènes, garifunas et féministes du Honduras.

Pour toutes ces raisons, nous vous invitons à soutenir la défense de la Terre Mère dans les territoires lencas et la liberté d'expression en diffusant cette campagne et/ou en apportant votre contribution (peu importe son montant, chacun donnant selon ses moyens), pour que les radios communautaires du COPINH renforcent leur voix au service de la défense du territoire lenca.





Di fronte alla repressione e alle ripetute aggressioni contro ilConsejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) da parte dello stato honduregno e delle imprese nazionali e internazionali, il COPINH lancia questa campagna per rafforzare la sua area di comunicazione.

“La comunicazione è un’arma che permette la nostra formazione, permette di aprirci e diversificarci per creare nuovi progetti adeguati alla nostra realtà, ad esempio, con le radio comunitarie. Visto che tantissime persone della nostra regione non sanno leggere e scrivere, la radio è essenziale. Per questo continuiamo a lavorare per rafforzare questo settore, che è vitale nel processo politico e organizzativo del COPINH”.
Berta Cáceres, coordinatrice generale del COPINH, uccisa il 2 marzo 2016

La prima arma cha abbiamo in difesa della madre terra e dei nostri diritti come popolo indigeno è LA PAROLA. Attraverso le Radio del COPINH informiamo, moltiplichiamo, organizziamo e sensibilizziamo la popolazione per potenziare lo sforzo in difesa dell’ambiente e dei diritti territoriali dei popoli originari.
Esercitando il nostro diritto alla libertà di espressione e all’accesso e produzione di informazione, difendiamo la vita e la madre terra contro la distruzione e le minacce causate dagli interessi economici e dalle politiche di spoliazione.
Per questo, continuiamo ad alzare e rafforzare le nostre parole e le nostre voci.

Attualmente, nel COPINH possiamo contare su 4 radio in FM e una in AM che formano parte della Rete Mesoamericana delle Radio Comunitarie, Indigene, Garifuna e Femministe dell’Honduras:
- La Voz Lenca FM
- La Voz Lenca AM
- Radio Guarajambala FM
- Radio la Voz del Gualcarque FM
- Radio la Voz de Opalaca

Ora, a quasi 13 anni dall’installazione della prima radio, è necessario realizzare un processo intensivo di manutenzione, miglioramento e ampliamento delle installazioni, oltre a rinforzare la nostra capacità e qualità di produzione per continuare ad informare in difesa della madre terra.

Come verrà utilizzato il denaro raccolto con questa campagna?
Il denaro raccolto verrà utilizzato per:
·        Mantenere e migliorare l’infrastruttura e apparecchiature presenti nelle radio
·        Creare due radio nuove
·        Formare comunicatrici e comunicatori comunitari del COPINH
·        Rinforzare le relazioni e l’appoggio reciproco fra le radio che fanno parte della Rete Mesoamericana delle Radio Comunitarie, Indigene, Garifuna e Femministe dell’Honduras

Per questo ti invitiamo ad appoggiare la difesa della madre terra nei territori indigeni lenca e la libertà di espressione diffondendo questa campagna e/o facendo una donazione (anche minima, ognuno secondo le proprie possibilità) perché le radio comunitarie del COPINH rafforzino la loro voce a difesa del territorio lenca.

jueves, 28 de julio de 2016

COPINH: Threats and violence continue in Rio Blanco despite attention following assassination of Berta Cáceres

COPINH DENOUNCES REPRESSION IN Río Blanco [Original en español]

Alan Garcia after being shot
(AQUI EN ESPAÑOL)  COPINH must again denounce the constant threats and intimidation against the Lenca people of the Río Blanco community that is fighting against the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project. In the months since the assassination of our General Coordinator Berta Cáceres, there have been a series of incidents and threats that reflect the Strong climate of violence and repression against members of COPINH who oppose the building of the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project. These incidents are directly linked to members of the DESA corporation and the repressive branches of the State.

We denounce the following:

On July 23rd, 2016, around 6pm, COPINH member Alan García, who was shot by the army during their assassination of his father Tomás García three years ago, was threatened with a firearm when a man came into the community, took out a gun and pointed it at Alan. In recent months, a group of DESA-affiliated hitmen has come to the community of La Tejera, Río Blanco around midnight threatening to burn down the houses of COPINH members while they sleep in them.

jueves, 7 de julio de 2016

Honduras: “We will never abandon the struggle for truth and justice”

Interview with Bertha Zúniga, four months after the assassination of her mother, the indigenous leader Berta Cáceres.

By Giorgio Trucchi I LINyM

On the night of this past March 2nd, on the outskirts of the city of La Esperanza in western Honduras, the indigenous leader and coordinator of Copinh, Berta Cáceres, was felled by assassin bullets from those who wanted to silence her commitment and struggle against the extractive model that privatizes and plunders the public resources provided by nature . Four months later, her daughter Bertha says that there are still a lot of things missing in order to guarantee truth and justice.

-    Four months after the assassination of your mother, how is the struggle going so that this crime doesn’t remain in impunity?

It has been four intense and difficult months, not only the emotional impact of such a great loss, but also because of all the barriers we have encountered on the path towards profound justice and truth. We have confronted diverse obstacles, mainly created by the State of Honduras.

Four months after the assassination of my mommy they continue to exclude us from the investigations and we do not have access to any information. The detentions that have occurred seem to be a reaction by the State to try and get out from under the strong pressure that has been generated at the national and international level. There is no doubt that the intellectual

viernes, 1 de julio de 2016

Stinkfish, Kill Joy and Mazatl in Honduras

Between the months of April and May of this year we(Kill Joy, Stinkfish and Mazatl) had the pleasure of being in Honduras for four weeks to work on the first stage of the Cuma Project, an independent initiative, in which we visited several rural communities in the Intibuca State. The state is located in the western part of the country, that borders El Salvador.
The initial goal of the project, that took a year of planning, was to visit a variety of communities that have been affected by hydroelectric dam mega-projects initiated by multinational corporations along with the Honduran government. We planned a series of interventions on school facades and communal houses. Our contact and guides, the COPINH (The Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) is an organization that for more than 20 years have devoted themselves to the defense of the environment, the land, and the local indigenous culture and way of life of the Lenca, who live primarily in the region of Intibucá. The organization also functions as a network for other communities’ struggles on a National and International level. ...MORE>>>