Juana Raymundo was a 25 years old, indigenous Mayan Ixil, professional nurse and coordinator of Farmers’ Development Committee (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino – CODECA) in the Nebaj Quiché micro-region. CODECA is a human rights organisation dedicated to promoting land rights and rural development for indigenous families in Guatemala through social participation, effective advocacy on public policies, and participation in inclusive programs to reduce the vulnerability of indigenous communities in the country. CODECA has been critical of the energy company Energuate, especially the lack of equal distribution of electric power in Guatemala after the privatization of this public service, which severely impacts campesino and indigenous communities in rural areas. The human rights defenders had been advocating for the nationalisation of electric power distribution through collective and permanent measures.
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