The Law Society of England and Wales expressed its concern over the killing of the human rights defender Jeremy Barrios in Guatemala and the increasing unsafe environment for human rights defenders and lawyers in the country.

Mr. Barrios was a 22 year-old human rights defender who since 2014 worked as an assistant to the director of CALAS (Centro de Accion Lega-Ambiental y Social). CALAS is a human rights organisation that works on abuses committed by mining companies in Guatemala. 

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