And in Mexico, environmental activist Gustavo Castro Soto held his first press conference Monday since returning to Mexico—a month after he survived an assassination attempt that left fellow Honduran activist Berta Cáceres dead. At the time of her death, Cáceres was campaigning against a hydroelectric project in Honduras. Castro said Cáceres and her indigenous activist group COPINH were targeted for their political activity.
Gustavo Castro Soto: “In the case of COPINH and in Berta’s case, it’s another example of how multinationals and major parties who have an interest in mining are involved in the criminalization, death and human rights of indigenous peoples. … We support the request of the family for a group of independent experts to have an exhaustive investigation, not just for Berta’s murder, but for the process of criminalization and deaths and massacres against COPINH.”