Assassination of Berta Caceres and threats to life of Gustavo Soto
15 March 2016
It has come to the attention of Friends of WikiLeaks Chicago that elements of your government have likely been involved in the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres. Ms. Caceres had been a fighter for the rights of the indigenous peoples of Honduras and also an environmental activist internationally renowned for her defense of Honduras’ environmental resources; she is believed to have been murdered due to her principled opposition to the Agua Zarca dam project. Her cold-blooded murder is a stain on your government that will never be eradicated, especially since Ms. Caceres repeatedly requested police protection from your government after she had received multiple death threats – including from elements of the Honduran police and security services. Your government refused to provide here this protection and now she has been foully murdered!
The sole witness to her killing, Gustavo Soto, a Mexican citizen also involved in environmental defense, was himself shot almost to death during the murderous attack on Caceres. He now wishes to leave Honduras to return to his native Mexico but is inexplicably being prevented from doing so by your government. Soto has very good reson to fear for his life if he remains in Honduras; your government has no right to refuse his request to return to his home country.
The Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago demand that a full and impartial investigation into the murder of Berta Caceres be immediately initiated; and we also demand that Gustavo Soto be immediately permitted to return to Mexico as he wishes.
We will be closely watching the actions of your government and will be keeping our thousands of fellow WikiLeaks supporters informed of the developments in both of these cases.
Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA