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Guatemala: Information on Oscar Ortega Tomás, including his political career and whether he has faced any problems with the authorities

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Publication Date 17 December 2009
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According to several sources, Oscar Ortega Tomás was the mayor of the municipality of Nuevo San Carlos located in Retalhuleu Department (Inforpress Centroamericana n.d.; Prensa Libre 18 Sept. 2005; PDH Jan. 2005, 462). The General Finances Inspection Report (Contraloría General de Cuentas) of Guatemala indicates that Oscar Ortega Tomás was the mayor of Nuevo San Carlos from 14 January 2004 to 14 January 2008 (Guatemala May 2007, 97). In an article that appeared on 11 February 2008 in Vistazo, published by a non-governmental organization (NGO) called the Informative Report Centre of Guatemala (Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala, CERIGUA) ( 26 May 2006), Oscar Ortega was referred to as the former mayor of Nuevo San Carlos (CERIGUA 11 Feb. 2008, 2). Two sources published in 2009 indicate that José Aristeo López Chávez is the elected mayor of Nuevo San Carlos ( 20 May 2009; CERIGUA 12 Aug. 2009).

Reports on whether Oscar Ortega Tomás has faced problems with the authorities could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

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 for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERIGUA). 12 August 2009. Héctor Samayoa. "Guatemala- Alcaldes esperan que selección de personas para Mi Familia Progresa sea justa." [Accessed 2 Dec. 2009]

_____. 11 February 2008. "Nombramiento de Gobernadora de Retalhuleu provocó malestar." Vistazo. Vol. 9, No. 6. [Accessed 2 Dec. 2009] 20 May 2009. "Alcaldes del Departamento de Retalhuleu." [Accessed 8 Dec. 2009]

Guatemala. May 2007. Contraloría General de Cuentas. Informe de Auditoría Gubernamental con énfasis en la ejecución presupuestaria municipal. Tesorería municipal de Retalhuleu, Depto. de Retalhuleu. Período auditado 01 de enero al 31 de diciembre de 2007. [Accessed 2 Dec. 2009]

Inforpress Centroamericana. N.d. "Directorio de Alcaldes." [Accessed 29 Oct. 2009] 26 May 2006. "Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala." [Accessed 15 Dec. 2009]

Prensa Libre [Guatemala]. 18 Septembre 2005. "Retalhuleu: Inauguran instituto." [Accessed 11 Dec. 2009]

Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos (PDH). January 2005. "Informe Anual Circunstanciado 2004." [Accessed 2 Dec. 2009]

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