CETIM’s actions, with its partners in the field, to help the Guatemalan people

Guatemala: sowing the future, sowing democracy

You are invited to a conference entitled “Guatemala: sowing the future, sowing democracy”. Thursday 17 August 2023 from 6 to 8 pm at the Geneva Workers’ University Place des Grottes 3, 1201 Geneva Berenstein Amphitheatre. The event will be followed by an aperitif and discussion Zoom link to follow the conference

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The UN asks Guatemala for explanation over repression against CODECA

In a joint written communication dated April 7th 2014, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, asked Guatemala to explain the crackdown against the Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA). This was revealed during the […]

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The situation of farm workers in Guatemala

The property and the distribution of the land have always been major stumbling blocks in Guatemala. They have been the source of many violent conflicts and they have structured the social and ethnical power relations and determined the economic and class stratification in the country. This is consequently reflected in the situation of indigenous daily farm workers, which make up 69% of this agricultural workforce, and of which 74.8% live in poverty. Their working conditions sometimes resemble slavery: the working contracts are oral, days count between 9 and 12 working hours and usually there is little or no right to holidays or weekly rest days. Social security is non existent and death threats are reported for workers who organize themselves in trade unions. The state of Guatemala should take measures to comply with its obligations under the terms of numerous international conventions.

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