Guatemala: Monitoring General Instruction 5-2018 including Investigation and Criminal Prosecution in Cases of Attacks Against Human Rights Defenders

Translation by Protection International of the original article by the office of the Human Rights Solicitor (Procurador de los Derechos Humanos).

The defender of human rights defenders and journalists within the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office, Ruth Del Valle, carried out a monitoring study on the compliance with and implementation of General Instruction 5-2018 for crimes committed against activists and human rights defenders within the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP).

The objective of this monitoring was to verify that General Instruction 5-2018, which contains the investigation protocol in cases of attacks against human rights defenders and journalists, can be implemented in prosecutorial agencies throughout the country, when there is an attack against a person for their activity, whether as a social communicator or as a human rights defender.

Find the original document here in Spanish (Procurador de los Derechos Humanos).