Guatemala: Amnesty International calls for urgent action after seven indigenous land defenders killed within a month

Author: Amnesty International, Published on: 12 June 2018

“Guatemala: Seven human rights defenders killed in four weeks”, 11 of June 2018

Guatemalan authorities must take immediate and effective measures to protect human rights defenders and launch thorough, impartial and independent investigations into all attacks against them, Amnesty International said today, following the killing of seven human rights defenders in the space of a month…The seven people killed in the last four weeks were all involved in defending their communities’ land, territory or the environment, and they were all members of the Campesino Development Committee (CODECA) or the Altiplano Campesino Committee (CCDA). The wave of attacks began on 9 May, when CODECA coordinator Luis Arturo Marroquín, 47, was shot dead by unidentified assailants... The next day, CCDA member José Can Xol, 37, was also shot to death…On 13 May, 31-year-old Mateo Chamám Paau, another CCDA member, was found dead…Then, on 30 May, two men attacked Ramón Choc Sacrab, an Indigenous Q’echí’ leader and regional CCDA leader…On 4 June, the CODECA community leaders Florencio Pérez Nájera, 42, and Alejandro Hernández García, 40, were found dead in the southern Jutiapa region shortly after attending a community meeting…To date, no one has been arrested or charged in connection with these killings…

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