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26 Feb 2015

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Guatemala: NGO identifies “extreme vulnerability" of human rights defenders opposing extractive firms

“Smaller than David”: the struggle of human rights defenders in Guatemala, 23 Feb 2015

… [T]he Observatory denounces the extreme vulnerability of human rights defenders and their constant targeting via criminalization campaigns, threats, and physical assaults. The publication of the report…places the spotlight on the situation of land rights defenders and the violence they experience when they raise their voices against the negative impacts of natural resource extraction companies. Most notably, the communities that have taken action in protecting human rights, such as those of Santa Cruz Barillas [Hidralia], La Puya [Kappes, Cassidy & Associates] or San Rafael de Las Flores and Mataquescuintla [Tahoe Resources], have become the targets of repressive political policies that have employed unjustifiable states of siege and violent evictions...