Guatemala

[Urgent Alert] GUATEMALA / Suspension of hearing violates due process for K’iche Maya communicator Anastasia Mejía, who will remain in preventive detention for at least 20 more days.

On Thursday October 8, Judge Susy Pérez suspended the First Declaration hearing in the case of the criminalization of communicator Anastasia Mejía and the president of the merchant’s association in the town of Joyabaj, Petrona Siy.  According to the judge, this is due to an inability to establish digital connection with the defendants, who are […]

14 October 2020

[Urgent Alert] MESOAMERICA / Regional governments send military troops and special forces to head off and disband the migrant caravan that left Honduras on September 30.

During the past few days, the Guatemalan and Mexican governments have implemented a widespread troop deployment –including both military and special forces– in order to head off, halt, and disband the migrant caravan of around four thousand people that set out for the United States from San Pedro Sula, Honduras last Wednesday, September 30. There […]

6 October 2020

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA/ Feminist journalists insulted, harassed and physically threatened in social networks for covering September 28th actions.

Jovanna García and Mercedes Vaides Activity The right to information and freedom of expression  THE FACTS – On September 26-28, journalists Jovanna García and Mercedes Vaides, correspondents for the digital media Ruda: mujeres + territorio (Women + Territory) and  Prensa Comunitaria (Community Press) respectively, were subjected to several different attacks due to their press coverage […]

2 October 2020

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Congressmen and anti-rights groups file criminal complaint against Incidejoven and other social networking sites for sharing information about safe abortions on September 28th.

Incidejoven Activity Sexual and reproductive rights THE FACTS –  On Tuesday, September 29, congressmen Julio Lainfiesta and Anibal Samayoa, members of the Parliamentary Front for Life and Family of the Guatemalan National Congress and the anti-rights organization The Family Matters Association issued a public statement announcing that they had filed a criminal complaint against the […]

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / UPDATE: House arrest ordered for K’iche Maya journalist Anastasia Mejía in criminal proceedings

Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz Activity The right to information and freedom of expression Organization Xol Abaj Radio and Xol Abaj TV THE FACTS – On Tuesday afternoon, September 22, Agents of the Specialized Division of Criminal Investigation arrested journalist Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz and Petrona Siy Castro in the town of Joyabaj, Quiché, in Guatemala. The arrest […]

24 September 2020