Guatemalan Banana Union Leader Murdered 25 September 2007
Masked gunmen murdered Guatemalan union leader Marco Tulio Ramirez Portela early in the morning of September 23 as he was leaving his home for work. Marco Tulio was secretary of sports and culture of the banana workers union SITRABI, which organizes Del Monte workers. His brother, Noé Antonio Ramírez Portela, is the union general secretary.
Tulio's murder follows a pattern of rising anti-union violence and institutional impunity in Guatemala. In July, the SITRABI headquarters was raided by uniformed soldiers using official vehicles, who demanded information on union officers and members. The union filed a full report with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Special Unit for Crimes against Unionists and Journalists.
The IUF has called on the Guatemalan government to immediately undertake a full and open investigation into this latest union assassination. You can support the struggle against immunity - click here to send a message to the authorities.
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Ministro de Gobernación, Carlos Vielman Procurador de Derechos Humanos, Dr. Sergio Morales Ministerio Público – Fiscal General, Sr. Juan Luis Florido OACNUDH – Oficina del Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas por los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala
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