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.
On March 29, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked the Honduran government to allow Gustavo to leave Honduras so that he can participate in hearings in Washington beginning April 2. Sixty-two US congresspeople sent aletter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking that he pressure the Honduran government to implement and comply with precautionary measures that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted. The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders called for the Honduran government to protect Gustavo and send him home speedily. Institutions and individuals, from the Vatican to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. have done the same. more>>>