Friday, May 23, 2008

Help Guatemalan Defenders Uncover the Past

On May 19 Fredy Peccerelli received an email that said that he would be killed and his wife would be raped, murdered, and sent to him in pieces. Peccerelli is a renowned forensic anthropologist who leads exhumations of mass graves. The scientific evidence he and his team uncover could enable the prosecution of those responsible for hundreds of massacres committed during Guatemala's armed conflict.

Days earlier Judge Eduardo Cojulun also received death threats. He had just sent a report to the government stating that there was sufficient evidence for these crimes to be prosecuted in Guatemala.

The Guatemalan government must now act to stop the intimidation of human rights defenders seeking accountability for past mass atrocities.

Please send a letter to the Guatemalan government to urge that it:

* Investigate the death threats and prosecute those responsible.
* Review and strengthen protection to Peccerelli, Judge Cojulun, and others who have received threats.

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