Turkey must uphold fair trial rights in the case…
We believe that Turkey must uphold the right to a fair trial for those accused of killing lawyer Tahir Elçi.
The president of the Republic of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales
On 18 November 2016, Evelyn Zulma Alegría Robles, a transgender leader and activist campaigning for human rights and LGBTI rights, was found dead in her home.
In February 2006, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights had granted precautionary measures to Ms Alegría, which resulted from her involved in an alleged incident involving four policemen that lead to the murder of her transgender colleague Juan Pablo Méndez Cartagena, also known as Paulina.
We deeply regret the death of Ms Alegría and note with great concern the acts of extreme brutality committed against her.
We’re also very disturbed about the high level of violence and threats against lawyers and human rights defenders in Guatemala, which we’ve highlighted in our previous letters on 22 December 2016, 13 October 2016 and 5 September 2016.
We urged the relevant authorities to:
February 2006 – the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights had granted precautionary measures to Ms Alegría
September 2016 – we sent a letter to the president of Republic of Guatemala
October 2016 – we sent a letter to the president of Republic of Guatemala
November 2016 – Ms Alegría was found dead in her home
December 2016 – we sent a letter to the president of Republic of Guatemala