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Carlos Maaz Coc


Carlos Maaz Coc was a member of the indigenous Maya-Q’eqchi' community and an environmental and land rights defender. He was part of the Gremial de Pescadores Artesanales – GPA (Artisanal Fishermen’s Guild), which, alongside several other local organisations, tries to protect the human rights of the Maya-Q’eqchi' communities from contamination which may affect their land and endanger their livelihood as a result of nickel mining activities in the region.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Guatemala are subjected to death threats, physical attacks, acts of harassment, surveillance, stigmatisation, judicial harassment, arbitrary detention, forced disappearance and killings. Many of the violations are carried out by clandestine security structures and illegal groups. The exceptionally high level of impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators increases the risk exponentially for HRDs.