UN Office in Guatemala Condemns Pre-election Violence

Guatemala City, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The Office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner in Guatemala condemned what it called intolerable, ongoing election-related violence in this country.

In a press release, the UN agency condemned attacks against people involved in the election process, including those who work for the Supreme Election Court.

As part of those violent incidents, two mayoral candidates for mayors were recently killed, and a third was injured in San Jose Pinula municipality, near the capital.

Another two candidates were killed earlier in the department of Jutiapa, one of them a woman.

The UN office described the escalation in violence as intolerable, and urged all competent authorities to carry out immediate, thorough, and effective investigations to stop it.

It also called for identifying, trying, and punishing anyone who attempts against the life and physical integrity of those persons and their families.

Such actions endanger the free right to vote and to run for office, as well as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, which are essential to guaranteeing a democratic election process.

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