June 8, 2017

Urgent Action: Hundreds Stranded At Mexico-Guatemala Border (Mexico/Guatemala: UA 130.17)


Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

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Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

1) TAKE ACTION

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the Mexican and Guatemalan authorities to urgently and significantly enhance the attention to basic humanitarian needs such as medical supplies and attention, food, water and shelter and ensure that protection of the population, particularly children, adolescents and elderly people without shelter is the first priority, beyond military or security objectives in the area;
  • Calling on the Guatemalan authorities to promptly reinitiate dialogue with affected communities in order to address long-standing land issues in the region.
  • Calling on Mexican authorities to guarantee the human rights of those people who cross the border into Mexican territory and prioritize humanitarian objectives above immigration enforcement measures at this time.

Contact these three officials by 20 July, 2017:

Mexican Minister of Interior
Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, Col. Juárez, Del. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06600
Ciudad de México, México
Twitter: @osoriochong
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Minister / Sr. Ministro

Ambassador Gladys Marithza Ruiz de Vielman, Embassy of Guatemala
2220 R St. NW, Washington DC 20008
T: 202.745.4953 -OR- 202.745.3873
Email: [email protected]
Contact Form: http://guatemalaembassyusa.org/la-embajada/contacta-con-nosotros/
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Embassy of Mexico
1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20006
Phone: 1 202 728 1600
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EmbamexEUA; @GERONIMO__GF
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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