There were some mentions of Guatemala in Parliament recently in written form, in reply to questions from Katy Clark, the Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran.
The Minister of State with responsibilities for Latin America, Jeremy Brown, visited Guatemala on 26th November and a series of questions were asked relating to that visit and the issue of human rights.
While there, the Minister met with civil society groups and with representatives of the Guatemalan Government with whom he raised the issue of human rights and the UK Government’s concern about the death penalty, the importance of tacking violence and organised crime as well as the impact of climate change.
Ms Clark also asked a question about respecting community consultations (consultas) that we have written about previously, especially with regard to mining. The Minister replied that ‘the ambassador spoke at a seminar on Guatemala's construction industry about the need for responsible development in Guatemala and open dialogue with civil society to ensure human rights are protected.’
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