Friday, August 2, 2013

Break-in at UN office on right to freedom of opinion and expression

There was a break-in Wednesday night at the office of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression in Guatemala, Frank La Rue. Several computers and documents were taken form the premises although it it not clear what the perpetrators were looking for exactly.
“While the motive behind this break-in is still unclear, any attack on a Special Rapporteur is always cause of concern, particularly in countries with a recent history of tensions with human rights defenders,” said Mr. Beyani, from the Coordination Committee representing more than 70 independent experts designated by the UN Human Rights Council to address specific country situations and thematic issues in all parts of the world. 
The break-in at LaRue's office comes less than eight months after a similar break-in at the offices of the Association for the Advancement of the Social Sciences in Guatemala (AVANCSO).

It's been a particularly difficult year for journalists, human rights activists, and independent researchers in Guatemala. Some attacks has been tied to human rights investigations and the Rios Montt trial while others are more tied to investigations in economic matters.

Here you can read some of the recent happenings around the case Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj who has been targeted by the Foundation Against Terrorism's Ricardo Méndez Ruiz.
Enlace al articulo de Velasquez Nimatuj donde critica a la Fundacion contra el terrorismo, "Fundacion terrorista. Es facil discernir que es Mendez Ruiz quien ejerce el terrorismo" 
Enlace al campo pagado de la Fundacion Contra el Terrorismo, "Respuesta a Irmalicia Velasquez Nimatuj", reproducido por el periodista, Estuardo Zapeta.
La Respuesta al campo pagado del la Dra. Nimatuj puede encontrarse en este enlace.

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