[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Attorney General and head of Public Prosecutor’s Office, Consuelo Porras, singles out and seeks to criminalize journalists and rights defenders who question her work in social media.

Last August 24th, Consuelo Porras, the Attorney General of Guatemala and head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, submitted a protective writ to the Constitutional Court asking that it “adopt preventive measures to safeguard the Independence of the Office.” She alleged that “this has been violated through the use of different social networks by persons who […]

1 September 2023

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / 35 attacks registered against Km 169 News Agency since January 2023

The Km 169 News Agency is a national and regional community communications reference point with a feminist, human rights perspective that publishes articles and visual materials in the Prensa Comunitaria (Community Press) newspaper and the digital Revista Ruda (Badass Magazine). Since the beginning of 2023, 35 attacks have been registered against agency members, including defamation, […]

12 July 2023

[WHRD ALERT] GUATEMALA / Persecution, threats, and theft of work equipment belonging to defender and communicator María Laura González following her coverage of the Case of Our Lady of the Assumption Orphanage.

After covering a hearing on the Case of the Our Lady of the Assumption Orphanage, defender María Laura González, a communicator of the 8 Tijax Collective, was pursued and forced to hand over the camera and cell phone with which she had documented the hearing. The incident took place soon after the defender left the […]

30 January 2023

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Defender Claudia Paz criminalized for investigating grave human rights violations and struggling against corruption as Guatemala’s Attorney General.

According to the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), last June 8th, the National Office for the Prevention of Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment filed a complaint against Claudia Paz y Paz. The former Attorney General is accused of “crimes of abuse of authority, torture, and usurpation of powers” related to her […]

15 June 2022

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Intimidation, persecution and attacks against a professor and students peacefully resisting in defense of the autonomy of San Carlos University.

The students Naomi Valdez, Kenya Urrutia and Leslie Vásquez, and the professor Lucía Terrón of San Carlos University in Guatemala are targets of intimidation, persecution, and attacks due to their peaceful resistance in defense of university autonomy.  San Carlos University of Guatemala is the only public university in the country whose autonomy is established in […]

7 June 2022