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Freedom House calls for an unbiased investigation into the murder of Guatemalan environmentalist, Walter Méndez Barrios.

Freedom House issued the following statement after gunmen killed two well-known Guatemalan journalists, and wounded a third. 

Program Associate, Program for Global Advocacy

“Most Dangerous Country” may be the least desirable title in the world and yet the one that Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala often battle for, leading to thousands of people from Central America’s northern triangle seeking refuge in other countries, including the United States. Aid being provided to those countries has focused almost solely on security, not on strengthening the rule of law and thus human rights, the weaknesses that make these countries vulnerable to violence.

Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

By raising the possibility that an outdated amnesty decree could apply to a former military leader’s genocide charges, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court is not merely going against the country’s own laws, but also breaching the widely accepted if still nascent norm of international human rights law that prohibits amnesties for war crimes and crimes against humanity.


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