Guatemala: European Parliament condemns attacks against human rights defenders and the independence of justice

On 14 March 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Guatemala which calls on the authorities to cease all acts of intimidation against Guatemalan civil society and human rights organisations, and in particular to respect the constitutional order and to guarantee the fundamental rights of all Guatemalan citizens.

FIDH and its Guatemalan league CALDH (Centre for Legal Action in Human Rights) have been active in the international mobilisation for the preservation of the work and mandate of the CICIG (International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala) against the attacks it has increasingly suffered over the past months.

In the run-up to the adoption of this resolution, FIDH insisted on the need for the European Union to confirm its five million Euros support foreseen in support of the CICIG, a key point which was reflected in the final text.

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