Oxfam - Take action: Protect Guatemalan rights activists.
Defending the rights of the poor and marginalized is often dangerous – and right now, two of Oxfam’s Guatemalan partners are under direct threat for their lives.
Yuri Melini and Rafael Maldonado recently received death threats – and we need your voice, now, to ensure that these threats don’t come to fruition. Melini and Maldonado work daily on oil and mining issues in Guatemala and this week received death threats in the mail in connection with their work to protect human rights and expose corruption in the natural resource sectors. We need to get the public eye on this case immediately – please don’t stay silent.
Please send a message to the President of Guatemala – we must do everything we can, NOW, to protect our Oxfam partners.
Human rights defenders have a right to carry out their work without fear of reprisals, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As such, we call on you to immediately:
1. Order an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats made against CALAS staff, publish the results, and bring those responsible to justice.
2. Take immediate steps to provide full and appropriate protection to Rafael Maldonado and Yuri Melini, as well as other CALAS staff members, in accordance with their wishes.
We won't stand by while CALAS workers are threatened.
Humanists for Social Justice and Environmental Action supports Human Rights, Social and Economic Justice, Environmental Activism and Planetary Ethics in North America & Globally, with particular reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other Human Rights UN treaties and conventions listed above.