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Intimidating Graffiti

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Intimidation
About the situation

On 22 April 2014, the human rights defender Dr Yuri Melini discovered intimidating text had been painted on his front gate. The text names the member of the police provided as personal security to the human rights defender since an assassination attempt was made against him.

About Yuri Melini

Yuri MeliniYuri Melini has worked for over 20 years to protect the environment and to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples in Guatemala. He is the founder of Centro de Acción Legal-Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS). He has been targeted for assassination, surviving a shooting attempt on his life in 2008. He continues to face threats and intimidation and requires full-time security.

30 April 2014
Intimidation of human rights defender Dr Yuri Melini

On 22 April 2014, the human rights defender Dr Yuri Melini discovered intimidating text had been painted on his front gate. The text names the member of the police provided as personal security to the human rights defender since an assassination attempt was made against him.

Early in the morning of 22 April 2014, unknown persons wrote “F.J.G. CAAL, M CHONTES” on the front gate of the home of Yuri Melini. 'Caal' is the surname of the member of the national police providing personal security to the human rights defender. 'Chontes' is a coloquial term for members of the police force. The security guard is a measure authorised by the Guatemalan State as a result of the attempted murder of Yuri Melini on 4 September 2008, when the human rights defender was shot seven times. In addition to the security guard, members of the local police force are required to monitor the neighbourhood and house three times a day. It is the first time that the human rights defender has been intimidated at his home, and he has reported the incident to the police.