Urgent Action: Urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

March 3, 2016 | By admin | Filed in: Uncategorized.

Embassy of Honduras in Mexico
Mexican Consulate in Honduras
Inter American Commission on Human Rights


Early this morning, March 3, 2016, armed individuals forcibly
entered and
assassinated Honduran activist Berta Cáceres
, founder of
COPINH, in her home in La Esperanza, department of Intibucá in
southwestern Honduras.

Our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro Soto was injured during
the attack. Gustavo is Mexican and a member of the organization
Otros Mundos
/Friends of the Earth-Mexico, the Mexican Network of
Mining-Affected Peoples (REMA its initials in Spanish) and
the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model
(M4). Gustavo survived
the attack and has become a key actor in the investigation into
the murder of our friend Berta.

Berta and Gustavo are two people known for their role in
international social and environmental struggles, evidence of
their dedication to defending the rights of Indigenous and
campesino peoples, who have accompanied processes of organized
and peaceful resistance to prevent territories within
Mesoamerica from being appropriated by regional governments at
the service of the neoliberal project being implemented through
extractivist projects, considered projects of death.

In the context of the terrible assassination of
the much loved Berta Cáceres
, we call on the government of
Honduras to pay immediate attention, to intervene, and to
follow up on this devastating moment for the Honduran people.
We also call for all legal and political measures possible to
guarantee the immediate protection of our friend and colleague
Gustavo Castro so that, once he has given his testimony to the
Honduran state, he can safely return to Mexico.   

Right now, it is fundamentally important to guarantee the life
of our colleague Gustavo Castro given the risk he faces a key
witness to this horrible assassination.

The security of all of the members of the Coordinating Group of
the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of
Honduras (COPINH) must also be


Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model
Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples
Otros Mundos Chiapas


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