Land and environment defenders deserve protection not prison
Bernardo Ermitaño López is community leader from northern Guatemala. In June 2015 he was arrested, charged and jailed for more than a year. His crime? He attended a public demonstration in defence of his community against the threats posed by a hydro-electric project.
Throughout Guatemala, land and environment defenders face arrest warrants, trumped-up charges and jail time for protesting mines and hydroelectric projects. Among these defenders are women, elders and youth.