Act urgently to protect environmental activist Gustavo Castro
Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores was a Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader of the Lenca people, and co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Early in the morning, on March 3, in La Esperanza, Honduras, unidentified men broke into her home and murdered her. Cáceres was the cofounder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Movements of Honduras (COPINH) and the 2015 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, and her murder has prompted an international outcry as well as investigations supported by the United Nations and the FBI.
Mexican environmental activist Gustavo Castro, who was staying in Cáceres’s home in hopes of deterring violence against her, witnessed the murder and was subsequently detained by Honduran authorities. Amnesty International has warned that Castro, who was shot twice in the attack, is in “grave danger.”
Please act urgently to call for immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres.