Guatemala

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Maya K´iche´ leader Sebastiana Pablo Hernández criminalized for defending human rights and held in preventive detention since October 2020.

Sebastiana Pablo Hernández de Lorenzo Activity Defense of human rights Sebastiana Pablo Hernández de Lorenzo criminalized for the felony offenses of aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, and sedition with no legal or evidential basis whatsoever. After spending 10 months of preventive detention in the Women’s Detention Center in the city of Quetzaltenango in conditions of confinement […]

19 August 2021
Cuc Choc - Foto por: Prensa Comunitaria

[Urgent Alert] GUATEMALA / Judge orders trial to begin on November 8, 2021, for María Cuc Choc, criminalized since 2018 for defense of the land

Last Tuesday, August 3rd, after an evidentiary hearing, the judge of the First instance Criminal, Drug and Environmental Court in Izabal decreed the beginning of the trial, next November 8th, of defender María Magadalena Cuc Choc, who has been facing criminalization for defending the land since 2018.  On January 18, 2018, María Cuc Choc was […]

8 August 2021

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Communications consultant fired from government office for waging campaign against violence against women.

María Alejandra Morales Activity Women human rights defender THE FACTS – Recently, the Guatemalan government has unilaterally and arbitrarily terminated the employment contract of defender María Alejandra Morales in the National Civil Service Office, where she worked as a communications consultant.  Her dismissal took place after she promoted the I Am Afraid Campaign, aimed at […]

26 March 2021

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Violent home break-in, threats, and attacks against children of Elsa Siquín, mother of one of the 56 victims of Virgin of the Assumption Safe Home Massacre.

Elsa Siquín Montúfar Organization 8 Tijax Collective, Families Hurting for the 56 Organization THE FACTS – On March 21, 2021, two family members of Elsa Siquín violently broke into the defender’s residence, threatened her with death, and forcibly took her outside. After physically and verbally attacking her 14-year-old son, they left him locked inside the […]

24 March 2021

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Violent entry and robbery of computer equipment from Office of Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala

Photo: Nelton Rivera – Prensa Comunitaria Office of Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala Activity The rights of indigenous peoples THE FACTS – On the weekend of March 21-22, unknown assailants violently broke into the the law firm known as the Office of Indigenous Peoples, located in Guatemala City. After storming the access gates and breaking down […]

23 March 2021