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Enrique Antonio Degenhart Asturias, the Guatemalan minister of interior and home affairs.
We’re deeply concerned by the ongoing and increasing death threats made against Domingo Vázquez, an indigenous leader and human rights defender in Guatemala.
The death threats relate to his opposition against large infrastructure and hydroelectric projects that are planned to be carried out in the ancestral land of his community in the Jocotán municipality in Guatemala.
Mr Vázquez is a member of the New Day Ch’orti Campesino Central Coordinator (CCCND), an organisation that supports the rights of indigenous Mayan Ch’orti people.
The threats to Mr Vázquez and other members of the community are increasing and are of a very serious nature.
We respectfully urged the relevant Guatemalan authorities to: