Guatemala: Drop charges against lawyer and HRD: Claudia González Orellana

On 28th August 2023, Guatemalan lawyer and human rights defender, Claudia González Orellana was arrested at her home after a judge issued a questionable arrest warrant against her. Claudia is a former CICIG official – a UN anti-corruption mechanism that operated in Guatemala until 2019 – and whose former officials have faced widespread persecution. Claudia is also the legal representative for various former anti-corruption prosecutors who have faced criminalization. This unfounded criminal case against Claudia is clear attempt to silence her, and all those fighting for justice and human rights in Guatemala. Amnesty International calls on Guatemala’s Public Prosecutor’s Office to drop all charges against Claudia González and to take steps to ensure her immediate release.

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