REF# 2020 – 19
June 12, 2020
The killing of Tata Domingo Choc Chen, a renowned expert on Maya Q’eqchi’ medicine, is a tragic reminder of the pervasive violence that continues to impact Indigenous Peoples across Guatemala. We echo President Giammattei’s call for the Public Ministry to bring those responsible to justice, and understand that Guatemalan authorities have arrested the individuals involved in Mr. Choc’s death.
The U.S. Government stands with the Indigenous Peoples of Guatemala and pledges its continued support and defense of indigenous rights and access to justice. The thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences of the entire Embassy community are with Tata Domingo Choc’s family and community as they mourn this terrible loss.