Guatemala

Guatemala: Detentions, threats and assaults of members of FREDEMI and ADISMIposted on: 2011/03/04

On 28 February 2011, numerous members of human rights organisations Frente de Migüelense contra la Minería – FREDEMI (Miguelense Front against Mining) and the Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral de San Miguel Ixtahaucan – ADISMI (Association for the Integral Development of San Miguel Ixtahaucan) were reportedly subjected to attacks, detentions, physical assault and other forms of harassment while returning from a peaceful protest in the municipality of San Miguel Ixtahaucan.

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FREDEMI is an alliance of various communities and organisations opposed to the mining operations in the area.

Guatemala: Death threats against human rights defender Ms Norma Angélica Cruz Córdovaposted on: 2010/03/26

Human rights defender Ms Norma Angélica Cruz Córdova, director of the Fundación Sobrevivientes (Survivors Foundation) has received a series of death threats against her and her family.

Guatemala: Death threats against human rights defenders and surveillance by unidentified individualsposted on: 2009/05/08

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports that nine human rights defenders from two prominent organisations have received multiple death threats via SMS text message and two have reported surveillance by unidentified men, at least two of whom were armed.

Guatemala: Threats against human rights defender, Mr Leocadio Juracán Jaloméposted on: 2009/03/09

Front Line is concerned following reports of phone threats received by human rights defender, Mr Leocadio Juracán Jalomé, on 26 February 2009. Leocadio Juracán Jalomé is the Coordinator for the Comité Campesino del Altiplano – CCDA (Peasants Committee of the High Plateau), an organisation which develops projects for food sovereignty and rural development and supports programmes for a new model of peasant organisation, empowerment of women, and the transformation and commercialization of social services.

Guatemala: Sexual assault and murder attempt against family member of human rights defender, Mr Manuel Calel Moralesposted on: 2009/03/02

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports that a girl who is related to Mr Manuel Calel Morales, a human rights defender, was the victim of a sexual assault and a murder attempt on 17 February 2009. Manuel Calel Morales is the Coordinator for the Asociación Guía que Conduce al Pueblo Tierra del Maíz – Kamal B'e Rex Tinamit Ixim Ulew (Guiding Association which Leads the ‘Land of Maize’ People), a non-governmental organisation which has campaigned since 1980 against impunity for crimes committed during the internal armed conflict in Guatemala which lasted from 1960 until 1996.

Guatemala: Forensic anthropologist Fredy Peccerelli targetted for investigating killingsposted on: 2008/10/22

“Your days are running out f******g REVOLUTIONARY. Today we have your sister under surveillance. She is wearing black trousers and a white shirt. It is going
to be easier than we thought”. This is typical of the threats received by Fredy Peccerelli Director of FAFG the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation which carries out exhumations of mass graves to return the victims to their families and to find evidence which will bring the perpetrators to justice.

Guatemala: Assassination attempt against human rights defender Yuri Meliniposted on: 2008/09/11

Front Line is extremely concerned by reports of the attempted assassination of Yuri Melini on 4 September 2008. Yuri Melini is the Director of the Centro de Acción Legal, Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS) [Legal, Environmental and Social Action Centre of Guatemala]. CALAS is an organisation working for the strengthening of environmental issues, community participation and respect for the collective rights of indigenous communities in relation to environmental concerns.

Guatemala: Death threats against human rights defender José Suasnavar, Deputy Director of FAFGposted on: 2008/08/01

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports of death threats received via SMS text message by José Suasnavar over a three-day period beginning 27 July 2008. José Suasnavar is the Deputy Director of the Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (Foundation of Forensic Anthropology in Guatemala – FAFG), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to investigating human rights violations through the application of forensic and social sciences, with a view to strengthening the respect and the protection of human rights. Front Line has previously written to you in relation to threats to members of the FAFG, most recently on 21 May and 15 February 2008.

Guatemala: Death threats against members of the Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG)posted on: 2008/05/23

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports of death threats received via email by Fredy Peccerelli, Omar Girón, José Suassnavar and Lionel Paiz, all members of the Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (Foundation of Forensic Anthropology in Guatemala – FAFG), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to investigating human rights violations through the application of forensic and social sciences, with a view to strengthening the respect and the protection of human rights. Fredy Peccerelli and Omar Girón are the Executive Director of the FAFG and the Head of the Department of Forensic Anthropology respectively.

Guatemala: Statement of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defendersposted on: 2008/02/21

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, Ms. Hina Jilani, issued the following statement on her preliminary findings of her official visit to Guatemala. In her report Ms.Jilani highlighted the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders.