Guatemala

[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

[WHRD Alert] GUATEMALA / Adela Choc Cuz, ancestral authority and rights defender, is criminalized, physically attacked, and expelled from her community due to her work as a spiritual guide and defender of land and territory.

In the early morning hours of May 16, 2022, the ancestral authority and human rights defender Adela Choc Cruz was illegally detained along with her daughter, denied the consumption of food and water, and held prisoner until she was finally released just before daybreak on May 17, 2022. The spiritual guide who resides in the […]

31 May 2022

[Urgent Alert] GUATEMALA / Government imposes state of siege in El Estor after repressing peaceful protest against illegal mining operation.

On Sunday October 24th, after two days of brutal repression by the National Civilian Police (PNC, Spanish initials) and Army against the Q’eqchi’ people peacefully opposing the illegal operation of the Swiss–Russian Solway Mining Company, the Guatemalan government decreed a state of siege in the town of El Estor, Izabal. That same Sunday, the police […]

26 October 2021

[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