Freedom of Press in “Red Zones”

Being a journalist or social or community communicator in Guatemala is a high risk activity. According to the Reporters Without Borders 2020 report on freedom of the press, Guatemala is now in the "red zone", ranked 116 out of 180 countries worldwide. The same report states that: “The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, who took office in January 2020, inherited a disastrous situation in terms of freedom of the press.

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El derecho a la tierra bajo amenaza en las Verapaces: desalojos en tiempos de COVID-19

Guatemala, un país conocido por su abundante naturaleza y por sus raíces mayas, xinkas y garífunas, sigue albergando uno de los tesoros más preciados para la humanidad: las voces de los Pueblos Originarios que nos recuerdan que somos parte del tejido de la vida1. Sin embargo, esas raíces ancestrales y comunitarias se han visto fuertemente golpeadas por dinámicas depredadoras y violentas desde los tiempos de la colonización hasta el día de hoy, despreciando la vida y poniendo en el centro intereses económicos de diversos grupos de poder.

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Defending the Earth continues despite Coronavirus

On 22nd April this year we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the theme is climate action. In order to celebrate this day, PBI draws attention to the plight of environmental defenders who put their lives at risk to protect their territories from economic projects that destroy ecosystems and instigate irreversible damage. 

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Organizations express concern for the Historical Archive of the National Police

During the last week of May, the worrying situation at the Historical Archive of the National Police (AHPN) came to the fore once more. In the month of July of 2018, Gustavo Meoño, director of the archive since 2005 was dismissed without notice or explanations. Since the beginning of 2019, staff have been gradually, but continually, dismissed. Today only 35 people are left working at the Archive, when at its peak the Archive had a team of 200 workers.

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Organizaciones expresan preocupación por el Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional

Esta última semana de mayo, volvió a salir a la luz pública la preocupante situación del Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN). En julio 2018, sin mayores explicaciones, fue despedido Gustavo Meoño, quien fue su director desde 2005. Desde inicios de este año, y de forma paulatina, se ha seguido despidiendo personal. Al día de hoy solo unas 35 personas trabajan en el Archivo, cuando en el pasado se llegó a contar con un equipo de 200 trabajadoras y trabajadores.

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Eduardo Bin Poou absolved for the crime of aggravated trespassing

Eduardo Bin Poou, a Q'eqchi human rights defender and vice president of the Fishermen's Association of El Estor, Izabal, was acquitted on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Eduardo was arrested on June 29, 2018 in El Estor, Izabal and charged on July 9 with the crime of trespassing on protected areas. Since then he has been deprived of his liberty in the prison of Puerto Barrios. His legal defense was led by two lawyers from the Human Rights Law Firm (BDH), Francisco Vivar and Santiago Choc, and PBI accompanied the case.

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