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.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Consuelo Porras
Attorney General
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @MPguatemala
Ambassador Manuel Espina
Embassy of Guatemala
2220 R St. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 745 4953 I Fax: 202 745 1908
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EmbaGuateUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Attorney General Porras,

I am writing to express my concern about the recent attack against Xinca defender Julio David González Arango in Mataquescuintla, Jalapa department, Guatemala. On 16 January 2021, one armed man arrived at González’s property and shot him. He was seriously injured. Julio González and other members of the Xinca People have been previously attacked for their work defending the rights of the Xinca people. Investigations into these attacks are pending.

I call on you to conduct a prompt, independent, and impartial investigation into the latest attack against Julio David González Arango and any previous aggression against the Xinca People, and to bring those responsible to justice.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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