PBI-Guatemala accompanies UVOC and receives update on evictions and criminalization of Indigenous communities

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On April 28, PBI-Guatemala posted:

“#PBI accompanies UVOC [Verapaz Union of Campesina Organizations] and we visit them in their offices to update us on the situation: the evictions and criminalization of the indigenous communities of Alta and Baja Verapaz continue to increase.”

PBI-Guatemala has previously explained: “The UVOC has 367 affiliated communities (about 50,000 families); 98% of which are indigenous maya Q’eqchi’, Poqomchi’ and Achi. Among other activities UVOC provides legal advice to numerous rural communities to legalize land, accompanies them in processes to defend their right to land, and participates in dialogue processes in the hope of finding solutions to agrarian conflicts.”

PBI-Guatemala has accompanied UVOC since 2005.

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