Military, Police, Paramilitary and Private Security Violence
An article "On the Problem of Femicide" about violence and repression against women and girls in Guatemala, and the daily and historic reality of impunity.
"Militarization in Central America is less about controlling crime than ensuring access to natural resources" (Annie Bird)
On March 15th, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, an Indigenous Zapotec community leader and member of the Coordinating Committee of the United Peoples of the Valley of Ocotlán (CPUVO) in San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, was murdered in an ambush by a group of some three gunmen.
A Guatemalan news article (translated for Rights Action by Rosalind Gill) concerning trials, in Guatemalan courts, against material authors of the July 18, 1982 "Plan de Sanchez" massacres
February 14 will mark four years since indigenous q'eqchi' leader Ramiro Choc was kidnapped and illegally detained by the Guatemalan government. He was not arrested, but pulled off a bus by soldiers who said they would kill him. When news of his illegal detention became public, he was kept alive and held for several days in a secret location.