Guatemalan killed for Standing Up for Environment
Killed for Standing up for Environment
Ronal David Barillas Díaz was a tireless Xinka activist whose work to defend the environment may have cost him his life. He was deeply concerned about the use and diversion of water by the sugar agro-industry and was a member of the Committee of Communities Affected by the Sugar Industry, which represents more than 70 small communities affected by the sugar cane industry in the departments of Esquintla, Jutiapa and Santa Rosa, Guatemala.
On January 9th, he was gunned down at the stall where he sold newspapers and food. His assailants fled the scene.
He had, on occasion worked with the Committee for the Defence of Nature (CODIDENA), which opposes the El Escobal mining project (San Rafael Mine). He had denounced the failure of the government to obtain the free, prior, informed consent of the Xinka in the permitting of this mine. He hoped to carry out a public refendum on the mine in his community of Taxisco.
His killing leaves his community and the organizations in which he worked in a state of greater uncertainty, fear and danger.
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In addition, the Guatemalan government has not yet implemented the protocol to investigate attacks against human rights defenders.
Please specifically ask the Attorney General to:
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Canada Post is not delivering mail to Guatemala, we will send all mail we receive to the Public Prosecutor for Human Rights and the Attorney General of Guatemala by courier.
Public Prosecutor for Human Rights
Lic. Hilda Pineda
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T3
Attorney General of Guatemala
Lic. Telma Aldana Hernandez
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