Dear Attorney General,
I am deeply troubled that Maya Q'eqchi' defender Bernardo Caal Xol has been imprisoned since January 2018 on unfounded charges, convicted without evidence, and repeatedly denied scheduled appeal hearings. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he is at grave risk of contagion in jail.
Bernardo Caal Xol is a prisoner of conscience. He committed no crime. He is a teacher, trade unionist and defender of human rights. His legitimate, peaceful efforts should be respected not criminalized.
I call on you to:
-Immediately release Bernardo Caal Xol from unjust incarceration because there is no evidence that he has committed any crime.
-Undertake a full, prompt and impartial investigation into this miscarriage of justice and ensure appropriate sanctions for the authorities responsible.
-Stop misuse of the justice system to unjustly detain people who peacefully defend human rights, land, Indigenous territory and the environment.
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I await news of your action.