Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH)

Continued acts of intimidation against human rights defenders from CALDH in Guatemalaposted on: 2004/11/04

04 August 2004

Front Line is seriously concerned at the ongoing harassment of members of the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), a non-governmental organisation which campaigns for truth and justice on behalf of victims of genocide in Guatemala.

In April 2004 it brought the case of the massacre on 18 July 1982 of 268 inhabitants of the community of Plan de Sanchez by the Guatemalan armed forces before the Inter American Court on Human Rights, which subsequently condemned the Guatemalan Government for the massacre. On 22 July 2004, following a reported raid on the offices of the organisation and death threats against its director Edda Gaviola, Front Line called on the authorities of Guatemala to ensure the protection of members of CALDH and witnesses of the Plan de Sanchez massacre.

Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala continues, September 2004posted on: 2004/10/20

Front Line has received a further report of an attack against the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), an organisation which has already been the subject of two urgent appeals sent by Front Line to the Guatemalan authorities. According to the latest report, on 11 September 2004 Mario Minera, the coordinator of CALDH’s Programme for Democratic Development, was abducted at gunpoint by two men in Guatemala City. They reportedly tied him up and threatened to kill him if he did not obey their orders and forced him in to the vehicle they were driving. He was held for half an hour during which time all his personal belongings as well as documents related to his work with CALDH were searched through. When he was released, the men returned his personal belongings but said that the CALDH documents "would be sent on later."

In view of the attacks suffered by members of CALDH in July and August this year,Front Line is seriously concerned for their safety and calls on the Guatemalan authorities to ensure their protection in accordance with the U.N Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

Intimidation of members of Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) in Guatemalaposted on: 2004/07/20

Front Line is seriously concerned for the safety of members of the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), a non-governmental organisation which campaigns for truth and justice on behalf of victims of genocide in Guatemala.

In April 2004 it brought the case of the massacre on 18 July 1982 of 268 inhabitants of the community of Plan de Sanchez by the Guatemalan armed forces before the Inter American Court on Human Rights, which subsequently condemned the Guatemalan Government for the massacre. CALDH is also a member of the coalition promoting the creation of the Commission for the Investigation of Illegal bodies and Clandestine Security Operations (CICIACS). Christina Laur, a member of CALDH, attended the Front Line Second Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders in September 2003.

According to reports received by Front Line, on 14 and 15 July 2004 the home of the director of CALDH, Edda Gaviola, was broken into. Nothing was stolen but intimidating messages were left and her personal documents had been searched.