Criminalised for peacefully protecting the right to a healthy environment

Reverend José Pilar Álvarez, of the Association to protect Las Granadillas Mountain (APMG), was in London from 28-31 May, seeking to increase awareness and support for the work of APMG and other environmental human rights defenders in Guatemala who are similarly threatened because of their work. 

Rev. Pilar helped local residents establish APMG in 2004. Deforestation, monoculture, and large-scale cattle farming by private landowners was depleting fresh water supplies, endangering local forest flora and fauna, and threatening the livelihood of local communities. 

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