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Honduras Should Protect Activist Gustavo Castro Soto, Allow His Return to Mexico
In response to the murder of Honduran indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres, and the wounding and subsequent detention of Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro Soto, Freedom house issued the following statement:
“It is critical that Honduras carry out a serious investigation into the murder of Berta Cáceres and bring those responsible for her death to justice,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America programs. “Honduras should guarantee the security of Gustavo Castro, who was wounded during the attack against Cáceres, and allow him to return safely to Mexico.”
On March 3, 2016 Honduran indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was gunned down in her home. Cáceres was accompanied by Mexican environmental activist Gustavo Castro Soto, who was wounded. The Honduran government has detained Castro without cause and barred him from returning to his native Mexico for at least 30 days. The Mexican Foreign Ministry has officially demanded his release and has asked that he be allowed to seek consular support and protection through the Mexican Embassy in Honduras.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.