June 26, 2017

Urgent Action: Risk Of Excessive Force Against Protestors (Guatemala: UA 153.17)


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People peacefully protesting against a mining project in Casillas, Guatemala, and by-standers were tear gassed and dispersed by riot police on 22 June. There are concerns of further excessive use of force as police presence continues in the community.

 

1) TAKE ACTION

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

  • Calling on authorities to respect, protect and guarantee the freedom of assembly and the right to a peaceful manifestation in Casillas;
  • Calling on the police to act in accordance to the UN Basic Principles of the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials;
  • Urging the authorities to promptly investigate the allegations of excessive use of force by police officers carrying out the operation.

Contact these two officials by 4 August, 2017:

Minister of the Interior
Francisco Manuel Rivas Lara
Dirección Superior
6a avenida 13-71 zona 1
Ciudad de Guatemala, 01001 Guatemala
Email: smvasquez@mingob.gob.gt
Salutation: Dear Minister/Estimado 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: info@guatemala-embassy.org
Contact Form: http://guatemalaembassyusa.org/la-embajada/contacta-con-nosotros/
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

 

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 153.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

 

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