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URGENT ACTION: March 25, 2009: Gladys Monterroso, lawyer, University professor, and Secretary General of the Encuentro por Guatemala Party, and wife of Human Rights Ombudsman Sergio Morales, was kidnapped and tortured. Send a letter to the Government of Guatemala demanding clarification and prosecution of those responsible (see example below).
GUATEMALAN LAWYER GLADYS MONTERROSO KIDNAPPED & TORTURED
March 25, 2009
The Guatemala Human Rights Commission and our Guatemalan partners (including UDEFEGUA, CALDH, CIIDH, GAM, SEDEM, IECCEG and ODHAG) have expressed outrage concerning this attack.
This violent attack occurred just 11 hours after the Human Rights Ombudsman’s release of the first report on the contents of the police archives discovered in 2004. Over 11 million documents have been cleaned, scanned, and filed of the than 80 million documents that exist from the 1960-1996 conflict.
The report includes information connecting the Guatemalan National Police to atrocities committed during the war and provided the evidence needed to detain two former members of a police unit linked to death squads that operated during the internal armed conflict. This is the first time that police officers have been detained for involvement in any of the over 47,000 cases of forced disappearances during the 36 year conflict.
The GHRC and our Guatemalan partners condemn this violent and criminal act against Gladys Monterroso. We demand that Guatemalan Government authorities and the Public Prosecutor’s Office fully investigate the crime in order to identify, process, and sentence the material and intellectual authors of the crime. We demand that the necessary steps be taken to dismantle the criminal structures that obstruct citizens’ rights, liberties, and guarantees under the Guatemalan Constitution.
Furthermore, we demand immediate protection for Gladys and the Human Rights Ombudsman’s staff throughout
The following article appeared in Siglo XXI, 28 Marzo 2009
Kidnapping of Guatemalan Lawyer, Wife of Human Rights Ombudsman
Lawyer Gladys Monterroso, wife of Human Rights Ombudsman Sergio Morales, was kidnapped on Wednesday March 25, 2009.
“The least we can hope for is justice,” said Emilio Alvarez Icasa, member of the Federal Human Rights Commission. “It was a cruel, cowardly, and inhumane attack,” said Rigardo Vargas, President of the Central American Human Rights Ombudsman and Public Defender’s Coucil from
Álvarez Icasa complimented the work of Sergio Morales and said that he is a reference for all of
The Interamerican Commission of Human Rights also expressed their concern, and in a memo stated that they are asking for information related to the case from the Guatemalan Government.
Dunia Tobar, Adjunct Human Rights Ombudsman, said that Monterroso is in stable condition and under medical treatment in a hospital in
(Download original article from: http://www.ghrc-usa.org/Resources/UrgentActions/Gladys_urgentaction.htm)