Sep 23, 2018

Maya women's rights activist murdered in Guatemala

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Fuente: AFP

Juana Ramirez Santiago was murdered late Friday in a village near the town of Nebaj, 105 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of Guatemala City, the Unit for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala said in a statement.

Ramirez had received death threats for her work supporting female victims of violence in western Guatemala, the statement read.

The region is one of areas hardest hit during the 1960-1996 civil war, which included instances of ethnic cleansing against Maya natives.

Ramirez was a local leader with the Network of Ixil Women in the area, the statement said.

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