05/16/2018

Urgent Action: Three Land Defenders Killed, Others at Risk (Guatemala: UA 97.18)


Luis Marroquin, José Can Xol and Mateo Chamám Paau, three land and territory defenders from different communities in Guatemala were killed in less than a week. Guatemalan authorities must take action to fully investigate these crimes and ensure that other defenders can carry out their work without fear for their safety.

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Luis Marroquin, José Can Xol and Mateo Chamám Paau, three land and territory defenders from different communities in Guatemala were killed in less than a week. Guatemalan authorities must take action to fully investigate these crimes and ensure that other defenders can carry out their work without fear for their safety.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the authorities to initiate a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation into the murders of Luis Marroquin, Jose Can Xol and Mateo Chamám Paau, to identify both the material and intellectual perpetrators and bring those responsible to justice. The investigation should include the theory of the assassination being a possible retaliation for their legitimate activities as human rights defenders;
  • Calling on them to condemn the assassinations, to publicly recognize the important and legitimate work of human rights defenders in Guatemala and refrain from using language that stigmatizes, abuses, disparages or discriminates against them;
  • Urging them to advance in the adoption of a Public Policy to Protect Defenders in accordance with the minimum criteria set out by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case Human Rights Defender v. Guatemala.

Contact these two officials by 25 June, 2018:

Attorney General
María Consuelo Porras
Fiscal General de la República
15 avenida 15-16 zona 1 Edificio Gerona, 8º Nivel, C.P. 01001
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @MPguatemala
Salutation: Dear Attorney General

Ambassador Manuel Espina,
Embassy of Guatemala

2220 R St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202.745.4952
Fax: 202.745.1908
Email: [email protected]
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 97.18
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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