07/19/2019

Urgent Action Update: Lawyer of Xinca People Still Under Threat (Guatemala: UA 63.19)


Lawyer Quelvin Jimenez reported that on 23 June a group of people, carrying small arms and machetes, disrupted a meeting of the Xinca Indigenous People authorities in Jumaytepeque, Santa Rosa (Southwest Guatemala). They verbally threatened and beat some of the participants. Quelvin escaped but was stopped by a vehicle where three people got out accusing him of attacking them. Police took them all to a municipal police station in Barberena. Hours later, he was released free of charges. The Attorney’s office should investigate these attacks and guarantee Quelvin’s protection.

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Consuelo Porras
Guatemala’s Attorney General
Email: [email protected] (Mrs Porras’ private secretary)
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
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2JCDADm
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear General Attorney,

I am writing to express my concern about attacks against Quelvin Jimenez and the Xinca People. On 23 June, a group of armed people disrupted a meeting of Xinca authorities in Jumaytepeque, Santa Rosa, threatening and beating some participants. Quelvin reported threats against him and gunshots. He escaped, but a vehicle stopped him. Three people got out accusing Quelvin of attacking them. Police took them to a police station in Barberena, and later released Quelvin without charges.

On 24 June, neighbors warned Quelvin of a vehicle circling his house. He called the police requesting protection but was told they did not have patrols available.

I call you to conduct a prompt, independent, and impartial investigation into the attacks against Quelvin Jimenez and Xinca People, and to bring those responsible to justice. I also ask you to guarantee his protection according to his wishes and needs.

Yours sincerely,

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