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Urgent! Honduras: Protect Gustavo Castro Soto

The life of Mexican human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto is at grave risk in Honduras! Please send emails and call now!

Honduran authorities are refusing to allow Mexican human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto, sole witness to the murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, to leave Honduras and are seeking to have him return to the state where the crime was committed. Human rights organizations are reporting that Gustavo has already provided testimony and fears for his safety in Honduras. 

Click here to send a letter to Honduran, Mexican and U.S. embassy authorities demanding security for Gustavo, who continues to be held in Honduras, and to halt the criminalization against Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH), the organization founded by Berta Cáceres.

Call the office of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at (202) 647-4000. Press 4 to speak to the operator, and ask to leave a message for Secretary Kerry. 

Sample script: 

"My name is ________ and I live in [State]. I am calling because I am very concerned for the life of Gustavo Castro Soto, a Mexican human rights defender, who witnessed the murder of Berta Cáceres on March 3. I ask Secretary Kerry to do all he can to protect Gustavo Castro Soto, to ask the government of Honduras to allow Gustavo to return to Mexico as soon as possible and to respect his rights to due process and consular protection."

Every email and call helps to protect the life of Gustavo Castro Soto and all human rights and environmental defenders in Honduras. Thank you.
Photo: Gustavao Castro Soto. Photo courtesy of the Center for International Environmental Law.