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March 7, 2016

Gustavo Castro is being prevented from leaving Honduras

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Gustavo Castro is being prevented from leaving Honduras; sign petition



By: Hermann Bellinghausen

Mexico City

Today, the environmental organization Otros Mundos A.C./ Friends of the Earth Mexico reported that Honduras authorities impeded Gustavo Castro Soto from leaving the country. Castro Soto is the Mexican who was injured in the assassination of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres.

This Sunday at 5 o’clock in the morning, Honduran authorities intercepted Castro at the immigration bridge of the International Airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, when he was attempting to board the plane that would take him back to Mexico, the organization said in a communiqué.

“We communicate that Gustavo Castro Soto, coordinator of Otros Mundos A.C./Friends of the Earth Mexico, is still in Honduras and his personal security continues to be at risk,” the statement added.

The group reported that Mexican diplomats had to protect Castro in the official car to take him back to the Embassy.

“We continue without knowing clearly what his status is or on what basis the Honduran authorities continue to hold him and what proceedings will follow,” the communiqué said.

Unknown subjects murdered Cáceres, a 43-year old prestigious Honduran indigenous and environmental leader, last Thursday, March 3 in her home, the authorities said.

A teacher by profession, Berta Cáceres was known for her fight to stop hydroelectric and mining projects on the lands of the ethnic groups.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Click on the English link below to urge Gustavo Castro Soto’s immediate protection




Chiapas activist witnessed Berta Cáceres murder



By: Isaín Mandujano

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

Mexican activist Gustavo Castro Soto [1] witnessed the murder this morning of the indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres, an attack perpetrated in her house located in the El Líbano neighbourhood of La Esperanza, in Intibucá, Honduras.

Castro Soto, a sociologist by profession, was injured during the attack on the Lenca leader and coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh).

The police confirmed that Soto is a protected witness, and he could contribute elements that will permit the clarification of Cáceres’ murder, the Honduran newspaper La Prensa emphasized this afternoon.

Human rights defenders and members of the organization Otros Mundos, AC protested this afternoon in this Chiapas city because of the murder of Berta Cáceres; they also demanded assurances of security and protection for the Chiapas activist and environmentalist Gustavo Castro, who was imparting capacity-building workshops in Honduras.

Members of the organization Otros Mundos AC, founded by Castro Soto, demonstrated publicly together with other activists to express their anger over the murder of Berta Cáceres, and at the same time said that they are worried about the Chiapas activist’s physical condition.

The protesters confirmed that: “this morning armed individuals violently entered the house and murdered Berta Cáceres, an attack in which Gustavo Castro was injured. He survived the attack and thus became an actor key to the investigations that will clarify the environmentalist’s murder.

“Berta as well as Gustavo are two people recognized for social and environmental struggle on an international level, which shows the coherence of their lives dedicated to the defence of the rights of indigenous and campesino peoples, who they have accompanied in their resistance processes so that in a peaceful and organized manner, they might avoid the neoliberal project of the regional governments that appropriate Mesoamerican territory through their deadly extractive projects,” friends and compañeros of both activists pointed out in Chiapas.

Therefore, they asked the Honduras government for its prompt attention, intervention and follow up “to this lamentable and most grave event in the life of the Honduran people. We ask you to provide all possible legal and political measures to guarantee immediate protection to our compañero Gustavo Castro so that, once he has given his statement to the Honduran State, he can return to Mexico without problems.”

They also indicated that at this time it’s fundamental to guarantee protection and the life of Gustavo Castro because of the relevant role he acquired in this lamentable murder.

At the same time, they demanded that the security of all the members of the General Coordinator of the Copinh be guaranteed.

Members of the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4), the Mexican Network of those Affected by Mining (Rema) and Otros Mundos Chiapas organizations participated in the protest.

[The article continues with a list of other Latin American organizations that added their names to the demand.]

[1] Gustavo was formerly one of the founders of Ciepac (the Center for Economic and Political Investigations for Community Action) in Chiapas, an NGO that gave talks to Chiapas Support Committee delegations to Chiapas. The Ciepac went out of business about 5 years ago. The Chiapas Support Committee sponsored Gustavo Castro when he spoke at La Peña in 2005.


Originally Published in Spanish by

Friday, March 3, 2016

En español:

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee




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