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Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to express my serious concern about the decree 4-2020, recently passed by the Guatemalan Congress.
Several provisions in this decree threaten the rights to freedom of expression and association in Guatemala and the right to defend human rights.
For example, it grants broad powers to authorities to shut down civil society organizations whose activities are considered to “disrupt public order”. The use of such an ambiguous term would unnecessarily lead to further harass people and organizations that are already facing constant attacks and unfounded criminal charges by individuals and authorities who disapprove of their important work standing up for human rights in Guatemala.
To protect the rights to freedom of expression and association and to ensure that human rights defenders can continue their fundamental work in Guatemala, I urge you to immediately veto Decree 4-2020.