From July 23 – 30, GHRC hosted a delegation of human rights academics, experts, and activists to Guatemala to document the impact of democratic backsliding on human rights defenders. We traveled from Guatemala City, East to El Estor, up to Alta Verapaz, down to Coban and returned to Guatemala City, meeting with a myriad of human rights defenders including journalists, Indigenous land defenders, campesino leaders, and more. National Geographic Fulbright Fellow Erin Semine Kokdill joined our group and created this film to document this experience.
Ixil Indigenous Mayor Don Miguel de Leon Ceto and genocide survivor, witness, and activist Francisco Chavez Raymundo presented their concerns for Indigenous communities in the face of the regression of rule of law in Guatemala. Both speak to their experiences, their worries, and recommendations for US action.