By: Tyler Shipley Posted: 03/6/2016 3:00 AM
Honduran indigenous leader and activist Berta Cáceres was slain last Thursday. In the early hours of Thursday morning, assassins broke into the home of an indigenous Lenca community leader in western Honduras and killed her. Berta Cáceres was 47 years old and was one of the best-known and most respected leaders in Honduras. Her life had been threatened countless times, she had been harassed by the national police, and she had been physically attacked on several occasions. Now, she has paid the ultimate price for opposing a military dictatorship that isn’t afraid of international censure. The current government of Honduras — the product of a 2009 military coup — has singled out Canada as one of its closest friends. Canada worked hard in the aftermath of the coup to help the new regime rebuild its reputation, and Canada has consistently downplayed the government’s role in the human rights crisis in Honduras that has made it the most dangerous country — with the highest homicide rate — in the world. Why would we do this? Isn’t this contrary to Canadian values?