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Guatemala: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the intimidation of lawyer Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores in Guatemala

May 19, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the intimidation of lawyer Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores in Guatemala.

Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores is a human rights lawyer and the director of the legal department at Centro de Acción Legal Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (“CALAS”, also known in English as the Legal, Environmental and Social Action Centre of Guatemala). CALAS is a human rights organization which promotes environmental issues, community participation and respect for the collective rights of indigenous communities in relation to environmental concerns. CALAS has been active in denouncing human rights abuses committed by mining companies in Guatemala, in particular the transnational mining company Tahoe Resources Inc. and its Guatemalan subsidiary Minera San Rafael S.A. In addition to his work with CALAS, Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores has worked on lawsuits which oppose the criminalization of human rights defenders.

It has come to the Law Society’s attention that on April 3, 2017, unidentified men riding a motorcycle fired eight to twelve gunshots at a vehicle parked in front of Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores’s home in Guatemala City. The incident was reported to the local authorities and to the Public Prosecution.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores has been targeted as a result of his human rights work. In January 2016, an organization called Fundación Contra el Terrorismo (Foundation Against Terrorism), which comprises (in part) multinational companies and former army personnel, commenced legal proceedings against him on the following grounds: discrimination, threats, aggravated theft, coercion, and “incitement to crime and conspiracy”. He received death threats via Twitter in November 2015, only a few short months after an unknown gunman riding a motorcycle fired multiple shots outside CALAS headquarters. In 2013, he was the subject of many defamatory newspaper articles.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503820

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503820&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

 

Guatemala: Guatemalan rights prosecutor arrested over alleged hit-and-run

September 23, 2016

Orlando Lopez

Orlando López has investigated some of the worst crimes committed during Guatemala’s bloody civil war and arrested powerful former military commanders for torture, genocide and forced disappearances.

But the efforts of the senior human rights prosecutor have not gone unnoticed by rightwing groups who claim he is spearheading a leftist conspiracy against the armed forces.

Now, López, 41, has been detained on homicide charges linked to an alleged hit-and-run incident, which his supporters say is part of a wave of malicious litigation against advocates seeking justice over civil war crimes.

The alleged traffic incident was reported by the Foundation against Terrorism, a rightwing group linked to retired military generals, which in recent years has accused dozens of senior judges, prosecutors and human rights activists of crimes including corruption, intimidation and links to organised crime.

“I know that I am here because of the work I have done. It has nothing to do with the traffic incident, this is just an excuse to target me,” López told the Guardian, while waiting handcuffed in Guatemala City criminal court.

López was lead prosecutor in the 2013 genocide trial against the former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt, and in the arrest earlier this year of 18 former army generals for multiple forced disappearances.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/23/guatemala-prominent-human-rights-prosecutor-orlando-lopez-arrested

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/23/headlines/guatemala_prosecutor_who_led_rios_montt_genocide_trial_arrested

Guatemala: ICJ strongly condemns attack on its director in Central America

August 16, 2016

The ICJ said today that the attack on Ramón Cadena, its director in Central America, is deplorable evidence that human rights lawyers in Guatemala cannot carry out their activities without fear of reprisal.

Around a dozen armed men ransacked Ramón Cadena’s house in Guatemala City on Monday morning while he was attending a workshop elsewhere in the country.

The ICJ regional director for Central America is the latest victim of a recent wave of harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders and legal and environmental activists in Guatemala and neighboring Honduras.

“The ICJ strongly condemns the attack against Ramón Cadena, which is most likely linked to his activities as a human rights lawyer,” said Wilder Tayler, ICJ Secretary General.

Ramón Cadena, a highly prominent human rights lawyer in the region, was a key witness in the trial of former President Efrain Rios Montt for his role in the alleged genocide and other atrocities committed during the civil war of the 1970s and 80s.

Ramón Cadena has also been providing legal advice and support (on behalf of the ICJ) to the communities fighting against mining projects in Guatemala.

“We urge the Guatemalan authorities to provide the much needed protection to Ramón Cadena and promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack to find the culprits. They must also combat the increasing threats and growing insecurity faced by human rights defenders in the country, which is a clear assault on human rights,” Tayler added.

ICJ strongly condemns attack on its director in Central America

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/15/guatemala-human-rights-laywer-attack-ramon-cadena-ramila

http://www.innercitypress.com/bankimoon1rapporteurs081616.html

http://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=ec76df73-a1a3-4a17-bfe8-b44b99037795

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-page4.1.gua081516.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://cnb.avocat.fr/Observatoire-international-des-avocats-en-danger-Soutien-a-Ramon-Cadena-avocat-guatemalteque_a2748.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.avocatparis.org/soutien-ramon-cadena-avocat-guatemalteque-0

http://lahora.gt/ramon-cadena-denuncia-allanamiento-ilegal-vivienda/ (ESPANOL)

http://lahora.gt/investigan-allanamiento-casa-cadena/ (ESPANOL)

https://emisorasunidas.com/noticias/nacionales/investigan-supuesto-allanamiento-en-la-vivienda-de-ramon-cadena-director-de-la-cij/ (ESPANOL)

http://elperiodico.com.gt/2016/08/16/pais/hombres-armados-registran-vivienda-de-ramon-cadena/ (ESPANOL)

http://prensa-latina.cu/index.php?o=rn&id=20136&SEO=condenan-en-guatemala-intimidacion-contra-director-de-la-cij (ESPANOL)

http://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=e2946b8e-6af0-4892-ac4e-4fb6ff7e37a6 (ESPANOL)

http://lahora.gt/solidaridad-ramon-cadena/ (ESPANOL)

Guatemala: Francisco Palomo Tejeda, 63 ans, l’avocat de l’ancien chef de l’Etat Alfonso Portillo, abattu au sortir de son cabinet dans la capitale du Guatemala.

3 juin, 2015

El abogado Francisco Palomo Tejeda , de 63 años, murió baleado este medio día en un sector de la zona 9 capitalina, el ataque habría sido perpetrado por dos sujetos que se conducían en una moto. La esposa del abogado, Lucrecia de Palomo, reconoció el cadáver.

http://www.prensalibre.com/guatemala/comunitario/matan-al-abogado-francisco-palomo-en-la-zona-9

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/3146603_killing-of-rios-montt-s-lawyer-elevates-political-tension-in-guatemala.html (report in English)