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Statement from the family of Berta Cáceres on the one month anniversary of her assassination

It has been almost one month since the cowardly assassination of our beloved Berta Caceres, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and environmental and human rights leader.

Our family is grateful for the many messages and acts of condolence from hundreds, if not thousands, of you. Additionally, we are grateful to Gustavo Castro, the one material witness to the crime, for his bravery and are relieved that he is reunited with his family in Mexico.

Gustavo Castro Can Return to Mexico Now

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

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?

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.

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

‘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.

Gustavo Castro Soto, coordinator of Friends of the Earth Mexico and director of the Chiapas-based NGO Otros Mundos, was wounded during the attack in which Cáceres – last year’s winner of the Goldman environmental prize – was murdered.

Why We Mobilize with Berta Today - OFRANEH

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

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


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.

Gustavo Castro Soto's Message to the People of Honduras

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.

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

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