Urgent concern for safety of human rights defenders of San Miguel Ixtahuacán following peaceful protests

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Guatemala 28 February 2011

 

The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala

Collectif Guatemala

Breaking the Silence

Rights Action

 

Urgent concern for safety of human rights defenders of San Miguel Ixtahuacán following peaceful protests

 

We denounce the human rights violations and abuses committed today against peaceful protesters in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatemala.  The protest, demanding compliance with precautionary measures ordered by the Interamerican Commission for Human Rights regarding the Marlin mine, took place without incident during the day.  In late afternoon, participants returning from the peaceful roadblocks were reportedly confronted and attacked by community development council (COCODE) members and mine workers in San José Ixcaniche.

 

According to participants in the protest, Miguel Angel Bámaca and Aniseto López were beaten and threatened with lynching; one bus including approximately 40 men and women have been illegally detained and some beaten in the community of San José Ixcaniche.  As this alert is being written, they remain detained. We are deeply concerned that the lives of human rights defenders are at risk.

 

Contact has been established with the local Human Rights Procurator’s (PDH) office, the local Presidential Commission for Defense of Human Rights (COPREDEH) and police, as well as national and international organizations to report these acts.

 

We ask you to stay alert and be ready to respond when more information and action requests are available from local organizations supporting communities resisting unjust mining in Guatemala.

 

In solidarity,

 

 

Francois Guindon – pancho@nisgua.org – +502 4014 7804

The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, USA

 

Cynthia Benoist – collectifguatemala3@gmail.com

Collectif Guatemala, France

 

Jackie McVicar – jmcvicar@gmail.com

Breaking the Silence, Canada

 

Grahame Russell – info@rightsaction.org – +502 4955 3634

Rights Action, Canada/USA

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