UN says detention of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora is arbitrary and calls for his immediate release

"The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers that the detention of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora, held for more than 700 days in a military prison in Guatemala City, is arbitrary and violated six articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and therefore requests the Government of that country to adopt the necessary measures to remedy his situation 'without delay'.

‘The working group considers the appropriate remedy would be to release Mr. Zamora immediately and to grant him the effective right to obtain compensation and other forms of reparation, under international law,' according to the opinion to which EL PAÍS had access. In addition, the UN body urges the government of Bernardo Arevalo 'to carry out a thorough and independent investigation' of the case and to take 'appropriate measures against those responsible for the violation of his rights'."


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