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As survivors of Guatemala's war demand justice for massacres, torture, and massive displacement, NISGUA supports the genocide cases and other ground-breaking cases against former dictators for genocide and crimes against humanity.
(Photo: James Rodriguez, www.mimundo.org)

NISGUA volunteers work with human rights defenders in Guatemala.



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NISGUA  advocates for community rights to free, prior, and informed consent in areas facing open-pit mining and other large-scale development projects, like the  Xalalá dam.
(Photo: People express opposition
to the Xalalá dam.)


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From promoting ground-breaking struggles for women’s and indigenous rights, to providing human rights monitoring, NISGUA celebrates the accomplishments we have achieved together as a strong and active U.S. grassroots network. Read about our accomplishments in 2013(PDF).


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Thanks to Buddy Rutzke for helping manage our website and to James Rodriguez for sharing his photos so generously. Read more at James Rodriguez's MiMundo.org.

Letter to Guatemala's Attorney General regarding legal processes around the Escobal mine poject

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NISGUA links people in the U.S. and Guatemala in the grassroots global struggle for justice, human dignity, and respect for the Earth. 

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2015: Rivers for Life Delegation to Guatemala

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Join NISGUA in March 2015 for a 10-day delegation to stand in
solidarity with the Maya Q’eqchi’ indigenous communities peacefully resisting the Xalalá Hydroelectric Dam.

Check back in the next few days for the application form to participate! Deadline to apply is January 8, 2015.


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December 8: Solidarity Dinner!

Solidarity DinnerTogether with the Guatemalan News and Information Bureau, NISGUA invites you to a benefit program featuring Karen Musalo, Executive Director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings. Join us for dinner and discussion with honored guest, Judge Pablo Xitimul, one of the three judges who presided over the 2013 trial of General Efraín Ríos Montt.

Monday, December 8, 2014
6:30 p.m. Gathering and social time
7:00 p.m. Central American Buffet Dinner 
Platano Restaurant, 2042 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA $40-$100 per person.

Click here to RVSP!


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NISGUA 2015 Calendars are Now on Sale!

RabinalThis year's calendar contains 12 stunning photographs accompanying each month's bilingual text. Taken and specially selected by members of the NISGUA network, the photographs offer a unique look at Guatemalan daily life and culture.

With each purchase, you are supporting NISGUA, locally-based printers and efforts to build a more just world. For pricing and payment information, click here!

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Stand in Solidarity with ACODET: Sign our petition demanding that pre-construction study for the Xalalá Dam license be revoked


XalaláPlease take a moment to add your signature to the growing list of people who are calling on Guatemalan authorities to respect communities’ right to consultation and to revoke the license for the Xalalá Dam pre-construction studies.

Furthermore, when signing the petition, add your own personalized message to ACODET expressing why you support their cultural resistance to the construction of the Xalalá Dam. Your message will be delivered to the communities upon the completion of the action.

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Guatemalan communities say no to Tahoe Resources -
U.S. and Canadian investors should too!

topacio.jpgIn January 2014, U.S. and Canadian listed mining company Tahoe Resources, began production on the Escobal silver mine located in southeastern Guatemala despite broad-based opposition, as well as ongoing violence and repression. The Escobal mine is Tahoe’s only project. Goldcorp, known for ongoing human rights violations at Guatemala’s Marlin Mine, holds 40% of Tahoe Resources’ shares. By clicking below, you will send this letter directly to major investors in Tahoe Resources.

To view the complete letter with citations click here (Spanish translation available here).


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Survivors respond to congressional resolution denying genocide

CongressprotestFollowing the May 13 resolution passed by the Guatemalan Congress to deny genocide, genocide survivors gathered to denounce the decision. The survivors, in their statement, declared: “In the name of those of us who want peace, that look for pathways to democracy and not hate, racism, impunity and forgetting, we demand that this resolution be retracted.”


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Xalalá Dam: Communities maintain opposition as project moves forward

xalalaNISGUA has walked alongside those threatened by the Xalalá Hydroelectric Dam for nearly a decade, providing human rights accompaniment to local communities, during referenda, workshops, public forums and delegations to Guatemala City. As the project moves forward, it is increasingly important to demonstrate ongoing solidarity with communities defending their territory and right to self-determination.

In addition to our in-depth report, Xalalá Dam: Communities maintain opposition as project moves forward, review our blog coverage of recent events surrounding the Xalalá Dam, including an ‘emergency’ contract signed with a Brazilian company to conduct feasibility studies and an attempt to militarize the community of Xalalá.

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Sipakapa is Still Not For Sale!

SipakapaIn December of last year, the Maya Sipakapense Council presented a complaint before Guatemala’s Constitutional Court requesting the annulment of the Los Chocoyos mining license on their territory. Los Chocoyos is the newest project by Canadian company Goldcorp. The people of Sipaka have made their opposition to mining known and in the face of this most recent threat to their territory, remind us that Sipakapa is still not for sale.

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Santa Cruz Barillas Leaders Continue to Face Criminalization

saulyrogelio.jpgA hearing set for March 4, 2014 in the cases of six leaders from Santa Cruz Barillas was cancelled. Two of the leaders, Saúl Méndez and Rogelio Velásquez, were first arbitrarily detained in May 2012 during the state of siege in Barillas and were later rearrested in August 2013 on separate charges. The four other Barillas leaders are accused by Hidro Santa Cruz employees of supposed crimes that happened nearly a year ago.

The Departamental Assembly of Huehuetenango denounces the ongoing cases against the political prisoners, saying: “The orchestrated “legal” cases form part of a strategy of criminalization in order to undermine the defense of territory.”

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Solidarity T-shirts Available in NISGUA's Gift Shop!

tshirt2013.jpgIn the wake of the historic genocide trial, our 2013 solidarity tee exhibits stunning graffiti art from the very first public hearing with Efraín Ríos Montt in January 2012. The colorful image is paired with a beautiful black-and-white drawing of an ear of corn, featuring the faces of Guatemalans who have given their life to the struggle for justice as each kernel.


Our "Exigimos Justicia" t-shirt is a unique addition to your wardrobe and a great way to show your support for NISGUA. Buy your own t-shirt today!
 
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Guatemalan Indigenous Organizations File Complaint over Mining Law with IACHR

CPOOn Tuesday, September 3, Guatemala's Western Peoples' Council of Mayan organizations (CPO) filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) alleging that the country’s mining law was approved without their prior consultation as required under both national and international law. The IACHR is the last resort for the CPO, which has exhausted all domestic recourse to halt violations as a result of current mining legislation.

Read our press release on this important action in English or Spanish.

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NISGUA's Genocide Trial Coverage: The Complete Collection


While we await the next steps of the genocide trial, we are honored to provide an accessible archive of the daily coverage we provided from day one of the trial. Please read and share this historic collection.
 
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Ríos Montt: Sentenced to 80 Years in Prison for
Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

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Following the genocide trial conclusions, statement by Benjamin Jerónimo on behalf of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation and official close to the trial, Judge Yassmín Barrios found former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Ríos Montt was sentenced of 80 years in prison and is now in police custody. Former intelligence director Rodriguez Sánchez was acquitted of all charges.

Now and over three decades in solidarity with the people of Guatemala, NISGUA thanks you for your constant vigilance and accompaniment of the survivors, witnesses, and human rights defenders that have made this day possible.

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Powerful Resources on Guatemala

-  Gold or Life
-  Evictions in the Polochic Valley 
 
Contact our Oakland office for copies of the last two, we encourage you to host a screening in your community!
(Photo: Jean-Marie Simon)
 

Every Memory Matters project is also in full swing.  Please share far and wide!



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