Human rights under siege in Guatemala

Inequality in Central America is not only visible, it is palpable. You can almost breathe it. Just to stand up for their basic human rights, people have to confront increasingly dictatorial governments.

Recent developments clearly show the threats presented by the rise of fundamentalism, closing civic spaces, and the persecution and assassination of human rights and environmental defenders. The rights of women, indigenous communities and human rights defenders in particular are in danger. In several countries, the rule of law has become a thing of the past, and the future doesn’t look much better.

Human rights defenders give their all. They risk their lives in the fight to improve the future of the region. Now it is our turn to help them where we can. A well-functioning warning system is a first step.

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