Take action now to keep Gustavo Castro safe and demand a fair and independent international investigation into t he murder of Berta Cáceres.
March 10, 2016
Dear Concerned Community,
Environmental and economic justice leader Gustavo Castro Soto is the sole witness of the March 2nd assassination of internationally renowned social movement leader Berta Cáceres. He was shot twice. He is being forcibly held in Honduras, refused the right to return to his home country of Mexico until April 7th. In an act of intimidation, his lawyer has been unjustly suspended for 15 days for requesting a copy of his file.
Gustavo is in grave danger in the custody of the Honduran government, as what he witnessed is an impediment to the government’s attempts to pin Berta’s murder on Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), the group Berta led.
Please help us keep Gustavo safe and support an independent international investigation into the murder of Berta Cáceres.
- Take action for Gustavo Castro’s safety.
Gustavo wrote in a recent letter: "The death squads know that I didn’t die, and I am sure they are prepared to accomplish their task… My life is still in danger."
Please sign the letter from Otros Mundos and Mesoamerican Movement Against the Extractive Mining Model (M4), the groups Gustavo coordinates, demanding that the Mexican government keep Gustavo safe and ensure his immediate return to Mexico.
- Take action to ensure an independently-monitored investigation into Berta’s death and security for COPINH.
COPINH denounces the Honduran state’s manipulation of the investigation into the murder of Berta. Along with Berta’s family, COPINH demands a monitored and transparent international investigation by independent and impartial experts – critical to ensuring that the perpetrators and architects of Berta’s murder be brought to justice. They further demand security for all members of COPINH and change in US policy toward Honduras to stop the human rights crisis.
In the UK: Contact the Embassy of Honduras in London asking that Gustavo Castro Soto be released and guaranteed a safe return to Mexico.
Address: 4th Floor, 136 Baker Street, London W1U 6UD
Phone: 020 7486 4880
Fax: 020 7486 4550
Every letter, email, phone call or mention in social networks is important to ensure Gustavo’s safety, a transparent investigation into Berta’s assassination, and support the ongoing struggles of Honduran defenders of justice and human rights.
COPINH and Berta’s family are in need of donations for their work in this crisis. Please make a tax-deductible donation via Rights Action today. Every penny will go straight to Honduras.