PBI-Guatemala accompanies BDH law firm at hearing on the Hogar Seguro shelter fire

Brent Patterson has written in the PBI website about the accompaniment carried out by PBI with the Human Rights law firm, BDH, at the hearing on the Hogar Seguro shelter fire.

In February 2019, 12 people were detained on charges of abuse of minors, breach of duties, abuse of authority, accidental injuries, and manslaughter. Among those charged were the Secretary and Sub-Secretary for Social Welfare at the time of the fire, the director of the Hogar Seguro shelter, and the police officer in charge on the day of the fire. Eight of them have been ordered to face trial for these crimes.

Forty-one girls, who were 14 to 17 years of age, died as a result of a fire at the state-run Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción shelter south-east of Guatemala City on March 8, 2017. Fifteen girls were also seriously injured in the fire.

The article notes that PBI-Guatemala has regularly accompanied BDH at these hearings and has regularly attended commemorations for the girls who died in the fire.

BDH provide pro-bono [free] legal representation to victim organizations in judicial proceedings for human rights violations committed during the internal armed conflict and other human rights violations past and present.”

You can read the full piece here, on the PBI Website, with photos and links, including a list of those young women and girls who died in the fire. You can also read more about the work of PBI.

You can read more about the fire, and aftermath, here, here, and here.

Categories: Accompaniment, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Legal, Poverty, Solidarity in Action, Solidarity in Action/Guatemala, Violence

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