#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA / Two-and-a-half-year prison sentences given to women defenders criminalized for defending the right to housing in “Brisas del Mirador” settlement

Aura Margarita Valenzuela, Mariela Alvarez Sucup and Maria Magdalena Zarat Cuzán Organization National Coordinating Association of Settlers in Marginalized Areas of Guatemala (ACONAPAMG) Activity The right to housing Attacks experienced Arbitrary arrest, Criminalization and Judicial prosecution THE FACTS – As reported in the WHRD Alerts of March 5th and September 7th, 2017, defenders Aura Margarita Valenzuela, […]

9 November 2018

#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA / Break-in at home of defender and social communicator Norma Sancir

Norma Sancir Organization Ch’orti’ New Day Indigenous Campesino Organizations Activity Community rights, Territorial defense, Right to information, Freedom of expression Attacks experienced Home break-in and robbery THE FACTS – Norma Sancir is a journalist, social communicator and human rights defender of the Ch’orti’ people in Chiquimula. In the early morning hours of November 1st, unknown persons […]

6 November 2018

#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA, HONDURAS / Stigmatization campaign and obstacles to exercising the right to defend the rights of Dunia Montoya and participants in Migrant Caravan

Dunia Montoya Activity The right to justice; the right to information and freedom of expression Attacks experienced Stigmatization campaign; obstacles to excercising the right to defend rights THE FACTS – Dunia Montoya’s profession is journalism. Due to a number of attacks she has suffered and the specific situation of risk that she faces due to her […]

22 October 2018

#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA / Femicide of Juana Ramírez Santiago, defender of the rights of the Network of Ixil Women

Juana Ramírez Santiago Organization Network of Ixil Women (ASOREMI) Activity Women’s rights Attack experienced FEMICIDE THE FACTS – At 6 pm on Friday, September 21st, 56 year-old Juana Ramírez Santiago, midwife and member of the Board of Directors of the Network of Ixil Women, was assassinated with a firearm in Xolanay, near Nebaj, Quiché, when she […]

25 September 2018

GUATEMALA / People have the right to protest!

Mesoamerica, September 18th, 2018 – Ever since the revocation of the CICIG mandate by the Guatemalan government last August 31st, we of IM-Defensoras have been increasingly concerned about the way in which this has produced a rise in the repression and constraint of people’s right to peaceful protest through a major military police deployment throughout the […]

19 September 2018