The Americas

Jurist panel says Central America director's house ransacked

The International Commission of Jurists says its Central America director's home in Guatemala has been ransacked by armed men.

The Geneva-based commission said that around a dozen men raided Ramon Cadena's home in Guatemala City on Monday as he attended a workshop elsewhere in the country. It condemned the incident, which the commission's secretary general, Wilder Tayler, said Tuesday "is most likely linked to his activities as a human-rights lawyer."

Tayler said in a statement that Guatemalan authorities must "combat the increasing threats and growing insecurity faced by human rights defenders in the country."

The Geneva-based commission, which promotes the rule of law around the world, is made up of up to 60 eminent jurists.