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United Kingdom supports lynching prevention project in Quiché

The Myrna Mack Foundation, in association with the British Embassy, have launched a lynching prevention protocol.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Project in Quiche
Project in Quiche

This is based on a pedagogical program with a focus on prevention, reaction and knowledge of the performance of judicial institutions regarding this phenomenon.

The document will be shared with local authorities, indigenous communities, civil society, and others.

Local authorities and judicial institutions from Quiché, invited by the Lynching Prevention Commission of Quiché’s Justice Executive Committee, helped develop the protocol. The Myrna Mack Foundation coordinated the completion of this document and it was supervised by the National Civil Police.

The launching of the protocol took place in Santa Cruz del Quiché, in the presence of local authorities and members of the community. The event was attended by the United Kingdom’s Ambassador in Guatemala, Sarah Dickson; and Executive Director of the Myrna Mack Foundation, Helen Mack.

Before her trip to Quiché, Ambassador Dickson visited Sololá, where she witnessed activities carried out by women within the community in a workshop financed by the United Kingdom and implemented by the National Union of Guatemalan Women (UNAMG) and with a focus on the prevention of sexual violence in conflicts.

Published 1 September 2014