Urgent Action: Indigenous Leader Shot (Guatemala: UA 7.21)January 26, 2021
On 16 January 2021, Xinca defender Julio David González Arango was shot by an armed man on a property he owns in Mataquescuintla, a town in the Jalapa department, south-east Guatemala. Julio González is now safe and recovering from injuries. He has been a public leader defending the rights of the Xinca people against the Pan American Silver’s Escobal mine and has been attacked in the past due to his work. We call on Guatemala’s Attorney General to conduct a prompt, independent, and impartial investigation into the attack against Julio González and any other previous aggression against the Xinca People.