Urgent Action: We request the protection of Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

Urgent Action: We request the protection of Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

To the Embassy of Honduras in Mexico

To the Mexican Consulate in Honduras

To the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights

During the early morning of March 3, 2016, armed persons broke into the house of and killed our Honduran compañera Berta Cáceres, founder of the COPINH, in the sector of “La Esperanza”, in the department of the Intibucá in the southwest of Honduras.

In the act, our compañero Gustavo Castro Soto was injured—Mexican and member of the Organización Otros Mundos Chiapas/ Amigos de La Tierra México, la Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA) and el Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Estractivo Mindero (M4). In great luck he managed to survive and thus has become a major actor in the investigations into the murder of our compañera Berta.

Both Berta and Gustavo are recognized social and environmental activists at the international level, those that live lives dedicated to the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples and campesinos, and those that have accompanied the processes of resistance in their organized and peaceful forms, preventing the neoliberal project of the regional government from appropriating the Mesoamerican territory, through the extractive projects of death.

In the context of the terrible assassination of our dear Berta Cáceres, we request the government of Honduras for immediate attention, intervention and follow-up to this unfortunate and very serious event in the life of the Honduran people. We request that you provide all possible legal measures and policies to ensure the immediate protection of our compañero so that, once he has given his statement to the Honduran government, he can return safely to Mexico.

At present it is essential to guarantee the protection of life of our compañero Gustavo Castro for the important role that his survival has acquired in this terrible assassination.

Also we ask that the security of all of the members of the Coordinadora General del Concejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas (COPINH)

Sincerely,

Movimiento Mesoamericano en contra del Modelo Estractivo Minero (M4)

Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería (REMA)

Otros Mundos Chiapas

Poorly translated from the original here: http://movimientom4.org/2016/03/accion-urgente-solicitamos-la-proteccion-de-gustavo-castro-testigo-del-asesinato-de-berta-caceres/

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