Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Statement on Threats to Berta Cáceres’ Family

Aug 1, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Keith Ellison issued the following statement after reports surfaced that members of Berta Cáceres’ family have been repeatedly harassed and threatened. Berta Cáceres’ was a prominent human and environment rights activist who was murdered in March 2016.

“I am horrified at the continued attacks against Berta Cáceres's family and organization, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). Instead of receiving justice for Berta Cáceres's murder, their lives are being threatened. I call on the Honduran authorities to provide the protections requested both for the Cáceres family and for other civil society activists who continue to face violence, threats, and intimidation.”

“I will continue to monitor the Cáceres family's well-being as well as the investigation into Berta Cáceres’s assassination, and I stand in solidarity with the family and community in their calls for justice.”