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Urgent Action: NGOs and human rights defenders at risk

Proposed legislative reform in Guatemala would impose undue restrictions, controls and sanctions on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), threatening the rights to freedom of expression and association in the country. The reforms are due to be voted upon and adopted within the coming weeks. Call on Guatemala’s Congress to refrain from debating and passing Bill 5257 to ensure that human rights defenders can continue their activities.

Take action.




Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Spanish to:


President of Congress
Álvaro Enrique Arzú Escobar
Twitter: @AlvaroArzuE and @CongresoGuate
Salutation: Dear Mr Arzú

If primary email bounces back: (first vice president of the board, Twitter @FelipeAlejos); CC to (second vice president) and 


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR ACISCLO VALLADARES MOLINA, Embassy of Guatemala, 1st Floor & Suite1, 2nd Floor, 105a Westbourne Grove W2 4UW, 020 7221 1525,

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

Please note that messages should be sent by email or social media only as postmail to Guatemala isn’t available in all countries. Social media guidance is provided in the full UA.


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