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Defend the Defenders

November 23, 2010

When Norma Cruz decided to start an organization to help victims of domestic abuse, she probably never thought she would receive threats directed towards herself and her loved ones. Sadly, it’s a harsh reality for her.

These cowards have sent “text messages to her private phone, and voicemails have been left on her home and office phones.”

What kind of person would take offense at someone who is trying to help rape victims?

Unfortunately, Ms. Cruz is not the only human rights defender who has received death threats in Guatamela, and unfortunately, the state is not providing enough protection to these brave defenders.

If Voltron were a real character, rather than a fictional one, we could call him for his assistance. We don’t have the luxury, so it’s up to the Guatemalan government to protect their human rights defenders.

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