Honduras: School of the Americas Watch’s report documents critical information on the responsibility of Roberto Castillo in corruption and violence, including Berta Cáceres’ murder

Author: DPLF; GHRC; International Platform Against Impunity; Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, Published on: 5 September 2019

“Violence, Corruption & Impunity in the Honduran Energy Industry: A profile of Roberto David Castillo Mejía”, August 2019

...This report gathers information about Castillo’s business activities and related legal cases, including indictments for murder and corruption. This information suggests that Castillo has engaged in a pattern of criminal activities, including significant acts of corruption while he served as a government employee, and grave human rights violations. Castillo was arrested on March 2, 2018 and charged with the murder of Honduran indigenous leader, human rights advocate and environmentalist Berta Cáceres. She was one of the most internationally renowned advocates in Honduras; this did not protect her. Her murder is widely viewed in Honduras as paradigmatic, one case that forms part of a pattern of violence against human rights defenders, indigenous communities and environmental defenders. The investigations detailed in this report opened a window into the activities of individuals allegedly involved in criminal activities that benefit corporations....Corporations with which Castillo was associated appear to have transformed contracts obtained from state agencies,...into financial instruments that were used to leverage international investment backed by public funds, including export credit agencies and development banks at least partially owned by foreign governments such as Norway, Holland and Finland, as well as multilateral development banks including the World Bank…

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