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Tell Canada you support CICIG in Guatemala

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 19:01
    Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala
    Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala, speaking at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.


    President Jimmy Morales is trying to end the fight against impunity in Guatemala by revoking the mandate of the UN Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The country's Constitutional Court has ordered the President and high-level functionaries to solve the current crisis through political dialogue with the United Nations and to allow the Commission's head, Iván Velásquez, back into the country. In the meantime, this important anti-corruption effort is hanging by a thread. Canada is a major supporter of CICIG, donating millions of dollars to the Commission. Its time to speak up and tell Canada that you are deeply concerned about the political crisis unfolding in Guatemala. 

    Take Action!

    1. Write a letter

    Urge Canada’s new Ambassador to Guatemala to communicate that Canadians are watching with deep concern as the political crisis in Guatemala unfolds. Please make your letter as personal as possible by introducing who you are and where you are writing from. Let her know if you have ever been to Guatemala. Then make the following points in your own words:

    • Express your deep concern about the political crisis in Guatemala and the decision by Guatemalan authorities to revoke the mandate of the Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).
    • Share your worry that this decision will harm human rights and the advancement of justice for corruption and other crimes in Guatemala
    • Add that Canada also strongly supports access to justice for women, many of whom were victims of despicable crimes during the internal armed conflict. Thanks to their bravery and to international cooperation to strengthen Guatemala’s justice system, important judgements in those cases have been made. Any step backwards in the fight against impunity (in the case of CICIG) could have a potential broader impact on access to justice for victims of human rights violations, including for women.
    • Remind her that as a major donor to the CICIG and supporter of justice and an end to impunity, Canada has an important voice and must use it to speak up in defense of CICIG.
    • Urge her to support the fight against impunity in Guatemala by publicly declaring Canada’s support for the mandate of the CICIG to continue and to request that Commissioner Velásquez to be allowed to return to continue his necessary work.
    • Ask the Ambassador to share your concerns with the Government of Guatemala

    Send your letter to:

    Please note that postal service to Guatemala is currently suspended, which is why we are requesting that you send an urgent email instead.

    Her Excellency Rita Rudaitis-Renaud 

    Be sure to send a copy of your letter to:

    Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
    111 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
    Postage: None required
    Fax: 1 (613) 996-9607

    1. Take to social media to raise your voice:

    Our partners have asked that we make visible our support for the fight against impunity and for access to justice in Guatemala. Create a handwritten sign and post a photo of yourself holding the sign on social media. Include a message that identifies that you are in Canada and that you support the mandate of CICIG in Guatemala: From Canada I support the mandate of CICIG and the fight against impunity in Guatemala!

    Be sure to use the hashtags #CICIG and #Guatemala. Include the Twitter handles of Canadian and Guatemalan authorities:

    • @jimmymoralesgt (President of the Republic of Guatemala)
    • @MPguatemala (Public Prosecutor of Guatemala)
    • @CICIGgt (Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala)
    • @EmbCanGuatemala and @CanEmbGuatemala (Embassy of Canada in Guatemala)
    • @cafreeland (Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland)
    • @AmnestyNow (Amnesty International Canada – we will retweet your tweets
    1. Show your solidarity!

    Any step backward in the fight against impunity could have consequences for access to justice for other victims of human rights violations in Guatemala. While Guatemala remains one of the most dangerous countries in the Americas for territory, land and environmental rights defenders, this year has seen a shocking doubling of killings of defenders: 21 were killed between January and September.

    >>>Take action to show your solidarity with human rights defenders under attack in Guatemala!

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