The Peasant Liberal Movement (Movimiento Liberal Campesino, MLC), including its leadership, treatment of its members and whether it is active in Joyabaj, El Quiché (1997 to July 2000) [GTM34837.E]

No reference to a Movimiento Liberal Campesino (MLC) could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. One of the largest peasant organizations in the country, the National Coordination of Peasant Organizations (Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas, CNOC), which is represented in 19 of Guatemala's 22 departments, including El Quiché, stated that it was unaware of such a peasant group (19 July 2000).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas (CNOC), Guatemala City. 19 July 2000. Telephone interview with the Deputy Coordinator General.

Additional Sources Consulted

Central America NewsPak [Austin]. 1997-1999

Central America Report [Guatemala City]. 1998-2000

IRB Databases

Latin American Regional Report: Caribbean and Central America Report [London]. 1997-2000


World News Connection (WNC)

Internet sites including:

Amnesty International

Cerigua Weekly Briefs [Guatemala City]. 1997-1999

Human Rights Watch

La Nación [San José]. Search Engine. 1997-2000

Organization of American States (OAS)


UN Mission for the Verification of Human Rights in Guatemala (MINUGUA)

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