Guatemala: Attacks against Xinca leaders continue

On 7 February 2021, Luis Fernando García Monroy, member of the Xinca Parliament, received a death threat by a man in Aldea El Volcancito (east Guatemala). Three weeks earlier, another member of the Xinca Parliament, Julio David González Arango, was shot by an armed man in Mataquescuintla (south east Guatemala). Luis Fernando and Julio David have been defending the rights of the Xinca people from the impact of the Pan American Silver’s Escobal mine and faced attacks in the past due to their work. We call for a prompt, independent, and impartial investigation into these attacks and any other previous aggressions against the Xinca People.

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