06/08/2018

Urgent Action Update: TWO MORE LAND DEFENDERS KILLED (Guatemala: UA 97.18)


Human rights defenders Florencio Pérez Nájera and Alejandro Hernández García from the Campesino Development Committee (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino, CODECA) were violently murdered on 4 June. Authorities must end this wave of killings, which add up to 6 human rights defenders killed in Guatemala in less than a month.

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Human rights defenders Florencio Pérez Nájera and Alejandro Hernández García from the Campesino Development Committee (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino, CODECA) were violently murdered on 4 June. Authorities must end this wave of killings, which add up to 6 human rights defenders killed in Guatemala in less than a month.

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

  • Demanding authorities to initiate a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation on the killings of Florencio Pérez, Alejandro Hernández from CODECA and other human rights defenders from CCDA. The investigation should include the theory of the attack being a possible retaliation for their legitimate activities as human rights defenders, as mentioned in the recently adopted General Instruction to investigate against human rights defenders from Guatemala’s Attorney General;
  • Urging them to take all appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of all CODECA and CCDA members at risk in accordance with their wishes;
  • Calling on them to condemn these wave of killings, to publicly recognize the important and legitimate work of all human rights defenders in Guatemala and refrain from using language that discredits, stigmatizes, abuses, disparages or discriminates them.

Contact these two officials by 13 July, 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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