Serious deterioration of the situation of human rights defenders in Guatemala — Protect Defenders Now!

In the monthly digest of alerts, ProtectDefenders.eu’s partners alert about the deep worsening of the situation of human rights defenders in Guatemala. In a crucial period marked by the end of the CICIG mandate, civil society organizations denounce an escalation of attacks and threats against defenders and organizations, including recent murders of land rights defenders.

Moreover, ProtectDefenders.eu has received with great concern the ruling by the Chuy Regional Court of Kyrgyzstan to uphold the life sentence of Mr. Azimjan Askarov, the Director of the human rights organisation “Vozdukh” (Air). The monthly digest also denounces the judicial harassment faced by two human rights defenders in Malawi.

Only in August 2019, ProtectDefenders. eu reported at least 26 new attacks against human rights defenders and has provided emergency support to nine human rights defenders facing high risk.

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