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Guatemala: Stop criminalizing defenders!

A year since the acquittal of seven human rights defenders working on the rights to water and territory in Huehuetenango of baseless charges, Amnesty International remains concerned about the continued misuse of the justice system to silence and intimidate human rights defenders in Guatemala. This follow-up report, Guatemala: Stop Criminalizing Defenders!, examines what steps have been taken to implement recommendations made to the Guatemalan authorities aimed at curbing misuse of the justice system against human rights defenders and ensuring their protection.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6212/2017
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Guatemala: Major human rights challenges still pending: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Guatemala in November 2017. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in the previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes recommendations to the government of Guatemala to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
19 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6554/2017
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Guatemala: Business associations must refrain from stigmatizing human rights defenders or discrediting their work

Following a series of statements from different business associations challenging the legitimate work of the Guatemalan Center for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS) in legally challenging the licenses granted to the San Rafael mining company in San Rafael Las Flores municipality, Guatemala, Amnesty International urgently calls upon Guatemala’s business associations and businesses to refrain from making statements aimed at discrediting or stigmatizing people who are defending indigenous rights and the right to a clean environment.

Date:
13 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6738/2017
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Guatemala: Smear campaign against environmental defenders

Members of the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS) have been the target of a smear campaign after they challenged the license of the San Rafael mining company in court. On 5 July, the Supreme Court of Justice notified it would provisionally suspend the mining company’s licence. CALAS members are at risk of further attacks.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6680/2017
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USA-Mexico: Trump’s border crackdown pushes refugees into dangerous limbo

An already dangerous journey for tens of thousands of refugees has become deadlier thanks to President Trump’s Executive Order on border control and immigration as well as entrenched reckless practices in Mexico, Amnesty International said in a new report based on intensive investigations on both sides of the border. Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s violation of the rights of asylum seekers explores the catastrophic impact of a catalogue of new policies and ongoing practices that result in unlawful push-backs of asylum seekers at the USA-Mexico border, and threaten to unlawfully lock up thousands more families, including babies and children, in immigration detention centres in the USA.

Date:
15 June 2017
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  • Guatemala
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Mexico/Guatemala: Hundreds stranded at Mexico-Guatemala border

Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

Date:
8 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 01/6462/2017
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USA: Trump’s policy decisions blocking refugees puts hateful rhetoric into action

In reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order to effectively prevent refugees from seeking resettlement in the USA, Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International said: “President Trump’s Executive Order effectively blocking those fleeing war and persecution from war-torn countries such as Syria, from seeking safe haven in the USA are an appalling move with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Date:
27 January 2017
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USA: We Will Fight Trump’s Effort to Close U.S. Borders

Today President Donald Trump issued several executive orders related to immigration, including constructing a wall on the border with Mexico, building more detention centers, and stripping sanctuary cities of federal funding. “We will fight this dangerous move with everything we’ve got,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “This wall would say that those from outside the United States, especially from Latin America, are to be feared and shunned – and that is just wrong.

Date:
25 January 2017
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I left Syria thinking that I would return in two weeks. That was four years ago

On the morning that Zain Alabdin Ali, a young 23-year-old Syrian, left the makeshift house he shared with his parents and four brothers and sisters in a small town near his native Aleppo, he thought that the adventure would be nothing more than a temporary escape. It was 2012, and only a few weeks earlier his parents had decided to move the family out of Aleppo, just before the once magnificent city would become synonymous with horror and destruction, forcing millions of people to flee in terror.

Date:
11 December 2016
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Americas: New platform highlights rising wave of attacks against environmental activists

On international day of human rights defenders, Amnesty International is launching an innovative online tool to highlight the rising wave of attacks against environmental activists across the Americas. Speak out for Defenders! features dozens of stories of activists from every corner of the Americas who have been harassed, threatened, attacked, unfairly jailed and even killed as punishment for their work to protect the environment.

Date:
10 December 2016
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  • Americas
  • Refugees

Looking into the eyes of Central American refugees in a time of hate and fear

Ten years ago I arrived in Mexico for the first time. A heavy backpack strapped around my waist, I toddled over a large, concrete bridge that divides Mexico and Guatemala. When I crossed the border, a man with his shirt unbuttoned down to his belly and sweat pouring down his chest took my passport, glanced at it for no more than two seconds, then stamped it with a smile and cheerily barked to me “welcome to Mexico.

Date:
30 November 2016