Monday, January 22, 2007

Fiscal General de la Republica y Jefe del Ministerio Publico

Lic. Juan Luis Florido
15 avenida 15-16
Zona 1, Barrio Gerona, 8vo. nivel
Guatemala, Guatemala

Vicepresidente de la Republica
Sr. Eduardo Stein Barillas
Casa Presidencial, 6a. Avenida 4-18, Zona 1
Guatemala, Guatemala

The Diplomatic Representative of Guatemala
Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala
130 Albert Street Suite 1010
Ottawa ON K1P 5G4

Dear Attorney General,

My name is Timothy Schwinghamer. I am a graduate student at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. I am concerned for the safety of Carlos Albacete, Piedad Albacete and other members of their environmental organization, Green Tropic (TrĂ³pico Verde).

I urge you to order a thorough and independent investigation into the attempt on the lives of Carlos Albacete and Piedad Albacete, and into the threats and acts of intimidation suffered by them and their organization previously, and to bring those responsible to justice. Please remember your obligations to recognize the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders and their right to carry out their activities without any restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

[name, etc.]


Unidad de Proteccion de Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos
Movimiento Nacional de Derechos Humanos
1 Avenida 0-11, Zona 2
Colonia Lo de Bran
Guatemala, Guatemala

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