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Precautionary Measure 112/16 - Members of COPINH, Berta Cáceres' relatives and other, Honduras

On March 5th of 2016, the IACHR decided to request that precautionary measures be adopted in favor of the life and personal integrity of the members of COPINH, Berta Cáceres's relatives and Gustavo Castro in Honduras.

The request for precautionary measures alleges that the beneficiaries, members of COPINH, are at risk due to their activities in the defense of human rights, the environment and natural resources; Berta Cáceres relatives due to the recent murder of COPINH's activist; and Gustavo Castro for witnessing such murder.

After analyzing the allegations of fact and law, the Commission considers that the information presented demonstrates, prima facie, that members of COPINH, Berta Cáceres' relatives and Gustavo Castro are in a serious and urgent situation given the fact that their life and personal integrity are allegedly threatened and at risk.

Consequently, in accordance with Article 25 of its Rules and Procedures, the Commission requested Honduras to adopt the necessary measures to guaranteeing the life and personal integrity of the members of COPINH, Berta Cáceres' relatives and Gustavo Castro.

Considering the information presented showing that Mr. Gustavo Castro has decided to leave the country to protect his safety, the IACHR considers necessary that the State takes the necessary measures to ensure Castro's well-being during the process to prepare and ultimately leave the country; to adopt all the necessary measures to ensure members of COPINH their ability to carry out activities as human rights defenders without being subjected to acts of violence, threats and harassments; to agree upon measures to be adopted with the beneficiaries and their representatives; and to provide information on the actions taken to investigate the alleged facts that resulted on the adoption of precautionary measures to avoid repetition.

[Source: Inter American Commission on Human Rights, Washington, 07Mar16]

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