International organizations such as Ecologist in Action, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Global Witness signed a letter calling for justice in this case.
Caceres fiercely opposed a hydroelectric project granted to the company "Desarrollos Energeticos" S.A. (DESA) on the Gualcarque River, for it endangered the livelihoods of Lenca Indigenous communities.
In 2019, seven people were convicted and sentenced for her murder. DESA ex-President David Castillo was accused of being the "intellectual author" even though reports connected other high-ranking officials in the events.
COPINH warned that Castillo's lawyers had taken measures on repeated occasions to cause delays in the judicial process to date.
Five years Berta Cáceres was assassinated. Land rights continue to be violated all over Central and South America. She is one of the most important figures in my moral views and for that I will continue to honor her for her influence and legacy �� (artwork by INDIE 184) pic.twitter.com/x7huLa05YT
On March 3, 2016, four hired killers entered Caceres' home in La Esperanza village and murdered her. Later Investigations revealed that DESA officials planned the crime executed by the Military.
Between 2017 and 2020, Indigenous peoples filed nearly 35 complaints with the Prosecutor's Office about murders and menaces against human rights defenders. No legal actions have been taken against the alleged aggressors.
"This tragic event was a hard blow not only for human rights defenders in the Americas but for the whole world...Caceres has become a symbol of hope and courage for all people fighting for justice and dignity," COPINH stressed.