On June 21, 2015 the London-based Guardian newspaper published an article describing the testimony of a soldier who says he deserted the army after his unit was given an order to kill activists whose names appeared on two lists. The second list contained the name of Lenca indigenous leader Berta Caceres, murdered last March.
On December 28, 2015 in the early morning, the Honduran Navy shot and killed two Afro-Indigenous Garifuna men, Jostin Lino Palacios, age 24 and Elvis Garcia, age 19 in Barra de Iriona in the department of Colon, on the northeast coast of Honduras.
Berta Cáceres united sectors and issues, across borders. And by bringing paths together, she was building a broad road to freedom. That is the road she has left to her children, and to the many others who will follow in her footsteps.
While the migrants unpack their sacks, the volunteers call them up one by one to hand them their identification documents. Many migrants will decide to try their luck again and continue their journey to the United States because returning to their own neighborhoods would mean death.
Last month Spain’s National Tribunal in Madrid issued arrest orders for seventeen soldiers implicated in the murders of Spanish Jesuit priests and two female collaborators at the José Simeon Cañas UCA University in San Salvador in 1989.
Since the surge of unaccompanied minors on the US border in 2014, numbers of Central American migrants have not decreased overall, as both the US and Mexico carry out mass deportations. International and U.S. legal protections and procedures for refugees guarantee basic rights and safety for asylum-seekers. Are these requirements being met?