Collapse of Coffee Prices Leads to Evictions

What is affected
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 February 2006
Region LAC [ Latin America/Caribbean ]
Country Guatemala
Location San Jose la Moca coffee farm, Alta Verapaz

Affected persons

Total 800
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
all were farmer families
Proposed solution
Forced eviction
Land losses

- Land area (square meters)

- Total value
Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative Source: COHRE

Thousads of rural workers have been evicted from their homes in at least 63 eviction cases since President Óscar Berger assumed office in Guatemala in 2004. Many evictions were carried out with excessive use of force: including beatings, the demolition of homes, and even killings. According to Amnesty International, land disputes have been triggered by extreme poverty, serious inequalities of land distribution and poor enforcement of labour rights.

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