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10 Mar 2016

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

UN expert on human rights defenders calls on Honduras government investigate Berta Caceres death & to protect Gustavo Castro; other UN experts endorse the call

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“Honduras: Another defender needs protection after Berta Cáceres’s killing – UN expert”, 10 Mar 2016

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, today called upon the Government of Honduras to ensure the safety and protection of Gustavo Castro Soto, Mexican defender, who was hurt during the assassination of Berta Cáceres. Honduran authorities prevented Mr. Castro Soto…from leaving the country for Mexico…Honduras should make sure that an immediate, independent and impartial investigation takes place on the death of Berta Cáceres…The statement…has been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai; on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye and on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, John Knox…

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