Angelica Choc, Mayan Q’eqchi’ human rights defender suffers intimidation

As GHRC we manifest our concern before the intimidation that Angelica Choc suffered on
the night of September 16, when unknown persons shot at her house several times.

Via Rights Action: ¨Just after midnight, Friday September 16, 2016, shots were fired at the home of Angelica Choc, a Mayan Q’eqchi’ human rights leader and community defender in El Estor, department of Izabal, Guatemala, while she slept inside with her youngest son and an adopted daughter.¨

GHRC reaffirms solidarity and support for congresswoman Sandra Morán

We reaffirm our solidarity and support for congresswoman Sandra Morán before the attacks against her and we add our voice to the national and international statements that in recent days have been made.

We congratulate her on a lifelong trajectory of working in defense of the rights of women, from her leadership roles in civil society and now in Congress. She stood against misogynistic and defamatory attacks and was elected as the President of the Board of the Parliamentary Forum of Women.


Amnesty International Human Rights Defenders Report: “We are defending the land with our blood”

We share a video for the release of Amnesty International’s new report on Human Rights Defenders in #Guatemala and #Honduras titled “We Are Defending the Land With Our Blood’ Defenders of the Land, Territory and Environment in Honduras and Guatemala”. Download the report here:

Press Release Condeming Acts Againts Human Rights Defender Ramón Cadena

International Organizations Condemn Act of Intimidation Against Another Human Rights Defender Ramón Cadena in #‎Guatemala‬.
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Organizaciones internacionales condenan acto intimidatorio contra Ramón Cadena, otro defensor de los derechos humanos en Guatemala.
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Guatemala News: August 6 – August 12

US Deports Former Guatemalan Soldier Wanted in 1982 Massacre

On Wednesday, August 10th, Santos Lopez Alonzo was deported by the United States to Guatemala. Alonzo, a Guatemalan military official who served during the internal armed conflict, is wanted for his participation in the Dos Erres massacre of 1982 in which over 200 residents of Dos Erres were brutally murdered.

Illegal Arrest of Guatemala Indigenous Authority Sparks Outrage

Oscar Sanchez, an Indigenous authority from the town of San Pablo in the San Marcos department, was reportedly arrested without a warrant on August 4th on the charges of kidnapping and illicit association. Sanchez’s arrest follows a pattern of Indigenous rights activists facing trumped-up legal charges against them because of their work on behalf of their community and because they have also been vocal opponents of hydroelectric projects in the region.

Guatemalans’ Fight Against Rogue Canadian Mining Giant Heats Up

This week, California-based NGO the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), and the Guatemalan Diocesan Committee in Defense of Nature (CODIDENA), provided the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with a report that provides evidence that the mining company Tahoe Resources had lied to investors. The report showed that the company had failed to acknowledge to investors that the company’s mining project in Guatemala had been continually opposed by Indigenous communities.

Guatemala News: July 30-August 5

Socially Conservative Guatemala Sees Quiet LGBTQ Gains

During the past two years, Guatemala has passed a collection of laws and programs LGBTQ Rightsdesigned to promote LGBTQ rights. The Sexual Diversity Defense branch of the Human Rights Procurator’s office, which was opened in 2014, has prioritized sensitivity trainings for police officers, protection for LGBTQ people in the workplace, and the recognition of trans identities in government census collection. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, however, notes that serious “violence and discriminations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people” persists in Guatemala.


Guatemala to Request Anti-Narcotrafficking Funding from U.S.

Guatemalan Defense Minister Williams Mansilla explained the Defense Ministry’s request for additional U.S. support in a press conference this week. Mansilla told reporters that “[Guatemala] needs stronger aerial resources” in order to combat the sudden increase in narcoactivity in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a nature reserve in northern Guatemala. He also suggested that the defense department would request naval aid from the United States.


Legal Action Launched Against CICIG Commissioner

The “Foundation Against Terrorism” (FCT), an ultra-right wing Guatemalan organization made up of former high-ranking military officers and their family members, has filed a legal complaint against CICIG Commissioner Ivan Velasquez. The FCT has called CICIG’s anti-corruption efforts lawless and in violation of due process.


Assailants Murder Daughter of Assassinated Journalist in Coatepeque

Lindaura Aceituno, the daughter of a Coatepeque-based radio director who was Journist daughter assassinationkilled June 25th, was shot dead this week while driving her daughter to school. Aceituno died briefly after reaching the hospital on Tuesday. In a report by the Office on Crimes Against Journalists, the organization counted a total of 256 threats to journalists and the assassinations of 5 journalists in 2016 alone.


Leading Human Rights Activists Remark on Continual Threats to Human Rights Defenders

Twenty years after the signing of the Peace Accords, human rights defender Helen Mack warned of further human rights abuses in Guatemala at an annual cultural event in Quetzaltenango. In her statement, Mack noted those who committed human rights violations during the internal armed conflict in Guatemala have now shifted their modus operandi from a physical war to an economic one that is also full of corruption.