Rights Action
March 6, 2016
Urgent Action: Support Needed For Gustavo Castro, Victim Of And Witness To Assassination Of Berta Caceres In Honduras

The Honduran regime is illegally preventing Gustavo Castro from leaving Honduras, where his safety is at risk, to return home to Mexico.
Castro was injured in the attack that killed Berta Cáceres in her home (March 3, 2016) and is therefore a party to and witness in the case.  Despite having given his testimony, the Honduran regime is illegally keeping him in the country.  Please join in efforts to demand that he be allowed to return to Mexico.

Urgent That Calls Be Made, Emails Sent
This morning, March 6, 2016, Gustavo Castro made it to the Tegucigalpa airport. He had just hugged the Mexican ambassador and consul good-bye, and was about to pass the migration point, when the Honduran authorities showed up and tried to grab him. The ambassador fought back, shouting and making a ruckus. The Hondurans said that Gustavo had to finish "declaring" (he has already spent days doing this).
He is now in the Mexican Embassy with diplomatic protection. He is well accompanied.  The U.S. and Canadian-backed Honduran regime has launched a "migratory alert" for Gustavo not to leave the country. They say that there is still one step in the declaration process that he must finish, and they want him to return to La Esperanza to do it.
Please call/email the offices below (and your own elected Senators, Congress Members, Parliamentarians) and state the following demands: Gustavo must be allowed to return home to Mexico immediately; any legal procedures still needed must be done in the Mexican embassy in Honduras.
  • Honduras Embassy in US, Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, 1014 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20001; T: 202.506.4995, 202.450.3146, E:
  • US Embassy in Honduras, Ambassador James D. Nealon, América Avenida La Paz, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras, T: 011 (504) 2238-5114, 2236-9320, E:
  • Honduras Embassy in Canada, 151 Slater Street, Suite 805-A, Ottawa ON KIP 5H3, Canada, T: (613) 233.8900, 613.233.8900, E:
  • Honduras Embassy in Mexico, Calle Alfonso Reyes #220, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, 06170 Ciudad de México, D.F., México, T: 52 55 5211 5250
  • And with copies to your Senators & Congress Members (U.S.) and Member of Parliament (Canada)
What To Do
The U.S. and Canada have Berta’s blood, and the blood of so many Hondurans, on our hands.  We must try, and try again, to hold our governments, the U.S. military, and our companies and investors accountable for supporting the June 2009 military coup, and then pretending to ignore, while profiting the on-going, violent aftermath.  The assassination of Berta Caceres and shooting-wounding of Gustavo Castro, are just the most recent acts of systemic repression since the military coup.

March 3rd, 2016 - The Day Berta Caceres Was Assassinated: Who She Is & What She Lived For
by Grahame Russell,

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