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Guatemalan Q'eqchi Indigenous Face Ongoing Violations of Their Rights

Written by Silvia Viñas On 5 December 2013 @ 13:36 pm | 2 Comments

In English, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous, Latin America, Quick Reads

The threatening, violation and denial of the undeniable rights the Q'eqchi [indigenous Maya community] have over the land they acquired by their own means so many years ago, together with the stunning violation of basic human rights by evidence of abuse of force, not possibly rested on legal means, are unacceptable crimes and require immediate counteraction by the international community.

On the website Intercontinental Cry [1], Juliana Maria Soares [2]writes about the ongoing attacks on the Q’eqchi community [3] Saquimo Setana of Coban in central Guatamala. These attacks, “including arson of houses, physical attacks on community members and the arrest of community leaders under false charges,” were reported by the Guatemala Solidarity Project [4]. The organization has put together a petition on Avaaz [5]to demand an end to these attacks.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Intercontinental Cry: http://intercontinentalcry.org/violation-of-guatemalan-qeqchi-maya-community-land-rights/

[2] Juliana Maria Soares : http://intercontinentalcry.org/author/jmsoares/

[3] Q’eqchi community: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q%27eqchi%27_people

[4] Guatemala Solidarity Project: http://www.guatemalasolidarityproject.org/index.htm

[5] a petition on Avaaz : https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Justice_for_Qeqchi_Peasant_Community_Saquimo_Setana/?copy

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