Protective Accompaniment In Guatemala

Violence, oppression and impunity are part of daily life in Guatemala. Only 2% of homicides are cleared with the offenders being convicted. Human rights defenders, members of trade unions and owners of small farms who are fighting for their rights are being intimidated or attacked. Our partner organization ACOGUATE receives numerous requests for protective accompaniment from within various fields such as legal justice, defence of land and natural resources, workers’ rights and trade unions.

Each year Peace Watch Switzerland sends three to thirteen volunteers with a minimum stay of  3.5 months to Guatemala.