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Noé Nehemías Rivera Vásquez Fiscalía de Asuntos
Internos Ministerio Público de Guatemala
15 avenida 15-16 zona 1, Barrio Gerona
Ciudad de Guatemala
Email: [email protected]
Dear Mr. Noé Nehemías Rivera,
I am writing with respect to the detention of Ms. Claudia González Orellana carried out by the Public Prosecutor’s Office on 28th August 2023. Ms. González is a former CICIG official and the lawyer to several individuals in Guatemala facing unfair criminal charges as a result of their anti-corruption work.
In a context of widespread criminalization in Guatemala against those who have stood up against corruption and impunity, the charges against Ms. González represent a clear attempt to silence her and punish her for her work.
It is worrying, for example, that the prosecutor’s office was not present during the hearing against her on 28th August 2023 to present charges, which violates her rights. In addition, it is notable that the charges she faces relate to alleged “abuse of authority”, even though she has never held a position in the Guatemalan administration. This raises serious doubts about the impartiality and motivation of the charges against her.
I therefore urge you to conduct an immediate review of the existing charges against Ms. Claudia González with a view to dismissing any unfounded proceedings and guaranteeing her rights under national and international law.
Urgent Action: LAWYER AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER JAILED (Guatemala 84.23
September 27, 2023