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Gustavo Castro Can Return to Mexico Now

April 1, 2016

Update: Early in the day on April 1st, Gustavo boarded a plane and is on his way home to Mexico. 

Communiqué – San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México 

March 31, 2016

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After being prevented from leaving Honduras for 24 days, the coordinator of Otros Mundos A.C./Friends of the Earth Mexico was notified that the ‘migratory alert’ impeding his travel has been lifted. 

 

Gustavo Castro: Why Do the Killers of Berta Cáceres Want Him Imprisoned or Dead?

March 31, 2016

By Beverly Bell

Photo Credit: Otros Mundos.

International pressure is rising for the immediate and safe return to Mexico of Gustavo Castro Soto, activist, writer, and director of Otros Mundos/Friends of the Earth Mexico. The sole witness to the March 3 assassination of Honduran environment and democracy leader Berta Cáceres faces great danger on Honduran soil. The wounded Gustavo remains a prisoner of the state, illegally forbidden from leaving the country until April 6.

Berta Cáceres, the Murdered Honduran Activist, Did Not Die. She Multiplied.

March 30, 2016

Reposted from Huffington Post

Originally Published on March 23, 2016

By Karen Spring, Honduras Solidarity Network

LA ESPERANZA, Honduras — As was our habit, I chatted with Berta Cáceres the day before she was murdered. She asked me to help coordinate with communities who were struggling against mining and hydroelectric dams in Honduras. Nothing felt unusual. Berta was always on the move.

Sole witness to Berta Cáceres murder fears he might be framed, lawyer says - The Guardian

March 29, 2016

Reposted from The Guardian

Originally Published on March 28, 2016

By Nina Lakhani

‘There is a lot of fear because in Honduras there is total insecurity and impunity – and blaming someone close to Berta would be the easiest and most convenient thing to do.’ Photograph: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

The lawyer representing the only witness in the murder of the environmental activist Berta Cáceres is appealing to the Mexican government to help secure his release amid mounting concern he could be framed for the killing.

Why We Mobilize with Berta Today - OFRANEH

March 28, 2016

Reposted from Honduras Resists[Original en español]

Originally Published on March 17, 2016

March 17th, 2016 marks the beginning of a massive mobilization spearheaded by indigenous and black Hondurans and accompanied by the rest of the Honduran social movements aimed at shutting down Honduras's capital city of Tegucigalpa until demands are met for justice in the assassination of Berta Cáceres. One of the primary conveners is the Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras, OFRANEH, which has led the struggle for years amongst Honduras's Garífuna population and has worked closely with Berta and COPINH for many years. The following is their statement on the purpose of the mobilization and encampment that just began. [Original en español]

"The Honduran Government Wants to Incriminate Us": The Criminalization of COPINH and Misdirection Plague Investigation into Lenca Leader’s Assassination

March 28, 2016

Reposted from Witness for Peace

March 25, 2016

By Witness for Peace

Protestors demanding justice for the killing of Berta Cáceres gather outside the Public Prosecutors office in Tegucigalpa last week. Photo: Witness for Peace

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Family members of Berta Cáceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), and the leadership of the organization, accompanied by national and international human rights defenders, held a press conference Wednesday, March 9 in Tegucigalpa expressing their growing concerns over the Honduran government-led investigation of Cáceres’ assassination.

Development banks need to wake up to the human rights crisis in Honduras

March 24, 2016

Reposted from the Guardian

Originally Shared on March 20, 2016

By Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

The murder of activists opposed to the Agua Zarca dam project is a powerful reminder that financiers must take responsibility for safeguarding local people

Shortly after midnight on 3 March, Berta Cáceres was murdered by gunmenin her brother’s home. Cáceres was a woman of rare courage and principle, leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Copinh), winner of the 2015 Goldman environmental prize, and led the resistance against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque river. The dam, which is reportedly being constructed without the consent of indigenous communities, threatens to disrupt their livelihoods and access to water.

Gustavo Castro Soto's Message to the People of Honduras

March 24, 2016

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras

March 15, 2016

To the Honduran people:

I don't know if you'll ever receive these lines I'm writing to you.

I came to Honduras with so much hope. I hadn´t been here in years, but I'm grateful that Berta invited me. My beloved friend for so many years, her and her family. Despite all what I´ve been through, I don't regret coming or having been chosen by fate to say goodbye to my dear friend.

INTERVIEW WITH BERTA CÁCERES: “TO FIGHT AGAINST REPRESSION IN HONDURAS IS TO FIGHT FOR OUR WHOLE CONTINENT”

March 23, 2016

By Beverly Bell

Photo credit: Roger Harris.

Below is a never-before-published interview with international social movement leader and Honduran indigenous organizer Berta Cáceres, who was assassinated on March 3, 2016. The interview was taken in Havana on September 4, 2009, two months after Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a US-backed coup d’état, while the unelected regime was still on a rampage to destroy resistance and the activists behind it. Cáceres’ murder has brought the overthrow of the last legitimately elected government to rule that country back into the global spotlight, because that overthrow laid the groundwork for the repression that now engulfs grassroots justice movements.

Cáceres’ message in the interview was clear: Pay attention. Stand up with and for us. Our fates are connected, and what happens to us can happen to you.

“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare said. Today, an unelected regime is again attempting to destroy resistance and the activists behind it. Berta’s message is as relevant to the Americas and the US now as then.

Gustavo Castro Soto and the Rigged Investigation into Berta Cáceres’ Assassination

March 21, 2016

By Beverly Bell

Gustavo Castro Soto, imperiled in Honduras. Photo by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2014

The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner.

Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend.

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