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Renata Avila

Renata Avila is a human rights lawyer specialising in Intellectual Property and Technology. She worked as one of the lawyers representing the Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and more recently, Wikileaks and other whistleblowers and publishers by providing legal advice. Involved in Internet and Human Rights research since 2006, Renata worked with the Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and more than 125 organizations from the global south, in an effort to uphold human rights in the digital age. She serves as a Board Member of Creative Commons and is an active advisory member for different initiatives, from the Whistleblower Network in Germany, Coding Rights, to the Data Activism Project from the University of Amsterdam and the the Municipality of Barcelona’s BITS initiative, aiming at reducing surveillance and empowering citizens with privacy tools. She is currently writing a book on Digital Colonialism.

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Latest posts by Renata Avila

22 November 2016

Another Young Environmentalist Is Murdered in Guatemala

Jeremy Barrios' killing puts another name in the list of human environmentalists to be silenced in the region and raises concern about the State's incapability to protect its own citizens.

4 March 2016

Human Rights Activist and Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Is Assassinated in Honduras

After years of environmental activism and fighting for indigenous communities, human rights champion Berta Caceres was assassinated in Honduras today.

28 February 2016

Sexual Violence a Crime Against Humanity, Guatemalan Court Rules in Historic Verdict

In a historic ruling, a Guatemala court sentences former military men for murder, rape and enslavement of indigenous women, categorizing the offenses as crimes against humanity.

3 September 2015

Guatemalan President Resigns After Arrest Warrant Issued

Otto Pérez Molina is Guatemala's president no longer. After months of marching to demand justice and accountability, Guatemalans received the news of the resignation of the now former leader

29 August 2015

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

15 May 2015

Public Anger Only Grows After Guatemala Appoints Controversial Vice President

Guatemala has a new vice president, elected by the majority of government: Magistrate Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, who in 2013 declared all the genocide proceedings against former dictator Rios Montt invalid.

10 May 2015

Guatemalan Vice President Resigns, Protests Continue

As a new politically conscious youth fills the streets demanding change, is a 'Guatemalan Spring' in the offing?

26 April 2015

Thousands of Guatemalans March to Demand Resignations of Top Leadership

According to some analysts, these protests are different from demonstrations against "corruption as usual," and could lead to an institutional crisis, early elections, or even a coup.

15 January 2014

4 Arrested after White Powder Attack on Guatemalan Vice President

The VP was leaving the annual state of the union address. Reactions to the incident show citizens' skepticism regarding the government and their results in their two years in power.

10 September 2013

Indigenous Demand Investigation into Massacre at Nacahuil, Guatemala

Gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 28 more over the weekend in a village near Guatemala City, where indigenous communities struggle to preserve their territory free from mining and militarization.

11 May 2013

Efraín Ríos Montt Found Guilty of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Guatemalan de facto dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. The 86-year-old former General was sentenced to 80 years in prison. This landmark verdict...

19 April 2013

Guatemala's Genocide Trial Declared Invalid

After a turbulent week in the trial proceedings against former de facto dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and former Intelligence Director José Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez in Guatemala, a lower court declared...

25 March 2013

String of Killings Leaves Five Guatemalan Activists Dead

Although Guatemala is taking a giant step towards justice by prosecuting former dictator Efraín Rios Montt for genocide, problems with violence and impunity continue unresolved. In less than one month,...

22 December 2012

Mayan Priests Denied Access to Ceremonial Places in Guatemala

Guatemala, the heart of Mayan culture, has started their festivities for the 13 Baktun - the last cycle of the Mayan calendar, due to end on December 21, 2012. But...

16 October 2012

Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating Women's Genius

Ada Lovelace Day, celebrated every October 16, honors international women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths -women's whose skills are urgently needed for the future of the...

5 October 2012

Guatemala: 7 Indigenous Protesters Killed in Totonicapán

At least 7 civilians were killed on October 4 when combined armed forces violently removed indigenous demonstrators from Cuatro Caminos, a well-known road intersection in Guatemala. Demonstrators were protesting the...

2 October 2012

Honduras: Charter Cities Threaten Garífuna Communities

The government of Porfirio Lobo recently signed an agreement to implement a variant of Charter Cities, called Special Development Regions (REDs), in Honduras. REDs can only be implemented in uninhabited...

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