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10th August 2018, 16:24:28 UTC

Human rights defender Juana Raymundo went missing on 27 July during the night.

Her body was discovered the next day.

She was 25 years old, and a member of the Campesino Development Committee (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino, CODECA). She is the 8th human rights defender killed in Guatemala in less than three months.

Human rights defender Juana Raymundo was a nurse and a leader in Nebaj, in the Quiché department in northwest Guatemala. She joined CODECA’s Youth group (Juventud de CODECA) five years ago, and was recently elected to be part of the Executive Committee of the Movement for the Liberation of Peoples (MLP). She was involved in training other women to join the movement.

Her body was found by neighbours by a small river between the Nebaj and Acambalam communities.

CODECA has called on the government to investigate the killings of human rights defenders belonging to the organisation and the Campesino Committee of the Highlands. CODECA is a human rights organisation that work on improving wage conditions for farmers, land reform, and nationalisation of electric energy. Members of CODECA are continuously being targeted because of their work.

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