European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala

Brussels, 17/08/2016 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 160822_4
Statements by the HR/VP

Over the last six months, ten Human Right Defenders have been assassinated in Guatemala. Many other people were threatened and intimidated, including journalists, trade unionists and justice operators. The EU condemns these acts and expresses its sincere condolences for the families and loved ones of those affected. Those responsible need to be held accountable.

These deplorable events have happened in a time of continued efforts by many actors to combat corruption and ensure the respect of the Rule of Law in the country – notably the Executive and Judiciary powers as well as the Prosecutor General´s Office, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and Civil Society Organisations.
It is thus all the more important to maintain these efforts and to vigorously step up the fight against collusion and impunity. The EU acknowledges the significant results achieved so far, expresses its willingness to continue supporting the efforts of the authorities and other stakeholders and reiterates its firm pledge to contribute to ensuring the security and protection of human rights defenders.