Pablo Ramos, age 66, president of the Community Directive of CODECA (Committee for Campesino Development) in the rural community of Navajoa, Morales Municipality, Izabal Department, was assassinated on June 7. The previous day he had gone to a hearing at the Public Ministry in Morales to register his community’s opposition to the illegal commercialization of their properties (dividing and re-selling of campesino plots). Pablo Ramos had been summoned to the hearing by the Manchame family, which is involved in land disputes with several community residents. There have been reports of threats to Pablo Ramos by members of the Manchame family.
We are deeply concerned about the targeted killings of leaders of CODECA, which has 90,000 members across Guatemala. Shot dead while working in the general store he ran from his home, Pablo Ramos became the 24th member of CODECA killed in Guatemala since 2018.