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THE NETWORK OF LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBEAN HEALTH INSTITUTIONS AGAINST TORTURE, IMPUNITY AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATIONS

THE NETWORK OF LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBEAN HEALTH INSTITUTIONS AGAINST TORTURE, IMPUNITY AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATIONS

DECLARATION

 

AGAINST POLICE REPRESSION OF THE RIGHT TO DEMONSTRATE IN GUATEMALA

The member organizations of the Network of Latin American & Caribbean Health Institutions Against Torture, Impunity and Other Human Rights Violations, express our rejection of the police repression that occurred in multiple cities in Guatemala yesterday, 21st of November, 2020, against protestors exercising their right to protest and political demonstrations, as well as innocent bystanders not participating in such activities. Such police repression occurred in violation of the protection granted by the Constitutional Court to the Human Rights Ombudsman regarding the right to demonstrate, and may have constituted crimes of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The use of tear gas, rubber bullets and the use of excessive force against the general population resulted in at least two people being gravely injured. As well as the arbitrary and illegal detention of more than 30 people, against whom extreme violence was exercised, with particular cruelty against women. Most of people detained report they were currently helping other people affected by tear gas and police violence.

Among the people detained was Roxana Coronado, worker of the Office of Human Rights of the Archbishopric of Guatemala (ODHAG).

The peaceful demonstrations that developed yesterday throughout many cities of Guatemala respond to the unrest among various sectors of the population regarding the policies of social neglect in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the devastating consequences of Hurricanes ETA and IOTA, as well as the untransparent approval of the budget for 2021, which eliminates or drastically reduces funds for healthcare, nutrition, education, women, children, youth and human right spending.

We extent our solidarity to the people of Guatemala and to our colleagues from the ODHAG and ECAP.

We demand the release of Roxana Coronado and all the people unjustly detained during the demonstrations.

Strength in unity and fight for the people of Guatemala that have been so heavily affected.

For the Network of the Latin American and the Caribbean Health Institutions against Torture, Impunity and other Human Rights Violations:

 

Centro de Salud Mental y Derechos Humanos (CINTRAS), Chile.

Centro para la Prevención, Tratamiento y Rehabilitación de Víctimas de Tortura y sus Familiares (CPTRT), Honduras.

Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad (CCTI), México.

Equipo Argentino de Trabajo e Investigación Psicosocial (EATIP), Argentina.

Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y Acción Psicosocial (ECAP), Guatemala.

Fundación para la Rehabilitación Integral de Víctimas de Violencia (PRIVA), Ecuador.

Fundación Regional de Asesoría en Derechos Humanos (INREDH), Ecuador.

Centro de atención Psicosocial (CAPS), Perú.

Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM), Guatemala.

Instituto de Terapia e Investigación sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura y la Violencia Estatal (ITEI), Bolivia.

Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala (ODHAG), Guatemala.

Red para la Infancia y la Familia- Perú (REDINFA), Perú.

Centro de Atención Psicosocial, (CAPS), Colombia

 

November 22, 2020