The United States Embassy condemns violence against human rights defenders

REF# 2018-34

June 13, 2018

In response to the recent killings of human rights defenders in Guatemala, the Embassy of the United States of America strongly condemns this wave of violence, particularly attacks targeting campesino leaders. We reaffirm the valuable work of human rights defenders, who are at the forefront of the struggle for a better Guatemala, and we reiterate their vital importance in an active democracy. We recognize the efforts of the Government of Guatemala in investigating these cases and reiterate the need for a timely and thorough investigation to identify those responsible and bring them to justice as soon as possible.