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The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales.
Since 2013, we understand that Mr Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores, a human rights lawyer and director of the legal department at Centro de Accion Legal Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS), has been subjected to acts of intimidation, smear campaigns and judicial harassment.
In 2013 Mr Maldonado Flores was also named in defamatory newspaper articles and in April 2013 his house was broken into several times. In 2015 he received various death threats and in July 2015 shots were fired at the CALAS offices.
In January 2016, Mr Maldonado Flores was targeted by the Fundación Contra el Terrorismo, which brought charges against him for alleged crimes such as:
These threats have continued despite the protection measures granted by the Ministry of Interior in 2015. In the recent attacks, gunshots were fired against a vehicle parked outside Mr Maldonado Flores’ house in Guatemala City.
We understand that other members of CALAS have also been subject to attacks and intimidation in recent years. In November 2016, Jeremey Abraham Barrios Lima was shot by two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle. Mr Barrios subsequently died from his injuries.
We urged the relevant authorities to:
2013 – Mr Maldonado was named in defamatory newspaper articles and his house was broken into several times
May 2015 – Mr Maldonado received a death threat, which was related to work he was carrying out against the activities of a mining company
July 2015 – shots were fired at the CALAS offices
November 2015 – Mr Maldonado received death threats through his Twitter account
December 2015 – Guatemalan Ministry of the Interior ordered protective measures
January 2016 – Mr Maldonado was targeted by the Fundación Contra el Terrorismo
12 November 2016 – Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima was shot by two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle
3 April 2017 – gunshots were fired at a vehicle parked outside Mr Maldonado’s home in Guatemala City