Human rights defenders Florencio Pérez Nájera and Alejandro Hernández García from the Campesino Development Committee (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino, CODECA) were violently murdered on 4 June. Authorities must end this wave of killings which add up to seven human rights defenders killed in Guatemala in less than a month.
On 3 June, Florencio Pérez Nájera (42) and Alejandro Hernández García (40) went to the community of Llano Largo, Department of Jutiapa (South) to participate in a CODECA meeting and did not return home. In the morning of 4 June, their families found their bodies near the entrance of their homestead (caserío), killed by apparent machete wounds. As leaders of CODECA they defended the land, territory and labour rights in their communities. These killings occurred shortly after President Jimmy Morales’ discredited and stigmatized CODECA’s activities in a public speech on 2 May.