April 3, 2012
Source: Guatemala Sub-Group
Luis Ovidio Ortiz Cajas, a trade union leader, was shot dead on 24 March in Guatemala City, together with three other men. He may have been targeted for his trade union activities. Other members of the trade union may be in grave danger.
The trade union of which Ovidio Ortíz was a member has campaigned for many years on issues of corruption in the management of the country's public health facilities, and in December 2010 filed an official complaint against the previous Minister of Health, accusing him of corruption. On 22 March the trade union's Executive Committee reached an agreement with the Ministry of Labour regarding seniority-based annual pay rises (bono de antigüedad) for health sector employees.