BTS believes that security can only be achieved when there is free democratic participation by all citizens, including those historically marginalized and persecuted. We are concerned by the direct and indirect increase in militarization and repression in Guatemala and the trend of criminalization that sees those defending their land, their rights and their life targeted and prosecuted, often without basis

We believe that the  work of independent human rights monitoring groups in recording and disseminating acts of violence and threats that human rights defenders face is vital to putting an end to this violence.