I did an official 10-day visit from May 1-10 to Guatemala as part of my tasks as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. In a span of five days, while I was there and after I left, Luis Marroquin, Jose Can Xol and Mateo Chamán Paau were killed. They were killed in their fight for their rights to continue owning the lands they live in and live from. All of them are Q’eqchi’ Maya.
Marroquin, a member of the national directorate and coordinator of the eastern region of the Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA), was killed in the town of San Luis Jilotepeque, Jalapa, on May 9.… Seguir leyendo »