#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA / Attempted arbitrary arrest with use of force against defender and lawyer K’iche’ Jovita Tzul

Jovita Tzul Organization Indigenous Peoples Law Firm Activity Defense of the right to access to justice; the rights of indigenous peoples. Attacks experienced Attempted arbitrary arrest; excessive use of force. THE FACTS – On Monday morning, February 25th, the K’iche’ lawyer and human rights defender Jovita Tzul was approached outside the Center for the Administration […]

27 February 2019

#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA / Physical attack and hate crime against defenders Andrea and Lucía Ixchiu

Andrea Ixchiu and Lucía Ixchiu Organization Festivales Solidarios (Solidarity Festivals) Activity Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (DESC) Attacks experienced Physical attack and hate crime THE FACTS – On Saturday, February 16th, during the mobilization dubbed “Artists in Action against Corruption and Impunity,” women defenders Andrea and Lucía Ixchiu, along with Citizens’ Assembly member José Hernández, were […]

19 February 2019

#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA / Surveillance, persecution and intimidation of Helen Mack, Director of the Myrna Mack Foundation

Helen Mack Organization Myrna Mack Foundation Activity The right to truth and justice Attacks experienced Surveillance, persecution and intimidation THE FACTS – On Thursday night, January 17th, defender Helen Mack, the Director of the Myrna Mack Foundation, was the target of surveillance, persecution and intimidation after participating in a public act in Guatemala City. Four armed […]

21 January 2019

#WHRDAlert GUATEMALA / Defamation, criminalization and false accusations against feminist activist and communicator Briseida Milián

Briseida Milián OrganizationJusticia Ya (Justice Now) ActivitySocio-political rights, women’s rights, the right to information and freedom of expression Attacks experienced Defamation, criminalization and false accusations THE FACTS – Last January 7th, in social networks and national news media such as Channel 7 TV, a vídeo with manipulative, defamatory information was shown that singled out and falsely identified […]

14 January 2019

#UrgentAlert GUATEMALA / Government announces immediate recision of accord signed with UN to create CICIG

On Monday, January 7th, the Guatemalan government communicated to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, its intention to unilaterally and imminently rescind the agreement signed with the UN in 2007 for the creation of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). This took place in a context of an intense campaign […]

11 January 2019