PRESS RELEASE

Nį 3/07
 

IACHR CONDEMNS MURDER OF UNION LEADER PEDRO ZAMORA IN GUATEMALA

 

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of Mr. Pedro Zamora, Secretary General of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Portuaria Quetzal (Quetzal Dockersí Union), and the serious wounding of one of his children.  On January 15, 2007, as Mr. Zamora was on his way home with his children, several men fired on him, killing Mr. Zamora and gravely injuring his son, only three years old.

 

Mr. Zamora was a prominent union leader.  The Commission had been told that he was under police protection because he had received a series of threats related to his union activities.

 

The IACHR offers its condolences to the victimís family.  The Commission urges the Guatemalan state to investigate this serious incident and to try and punish those responsible. 

 

Washington, D.C., January 19, 2007