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One Year Later: Berta Lives, COPINH Continues On

By | March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

On March 2, 2016, Berta Cáceres was assassinated in an attempt to silence her voice, bring an end her important leadership and destroy the political project and struggle of a people acting in defence of their territory. The aim was not only to do away with her, but the organization of which she was a [...]

More than a tragic accident: Guatemalan organizations denounce the fire that killed 40 teenage girls at a state-run home

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

On International Women’s Day, March 8, a fire was set at a state home for children and youth in Guatemala, immediately killing 19 girls. Since then, at least another 21 have died as a result of their injuries and many more continue to be hospitalized. Survivors have recounted that on March 7, several youth broke [...]

Report: Beyond the verdict – The importance of comprehensive reparations for the women of Sepur Zarco

By | March 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

"This experience will be a legacy for new generations, showing that even war has limits. It is a clear message that confirms the commitment that justice and society have to human rights, to promote a much longed-for peace, and allows us as a society to advance, together with the women, in order to affirm their [...]

One year after the emblematic verdict in the Sepur Zarco trial, the struggle for dignified reparations continues

By | February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Yesterday marked one year since former members of the Guatemalan military were found guilty for crimes against humanity committed at a military base in the eastern community of Sepur Zarco. At great personal risk, 15 Q’eqchi' women gave preliminary testimonies in 2012 where they documented in detail the violence they survived at the hands of the [...]

Protect Sacred Sites – Support NISGUA local action!

By | February 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

NISGUA is committed to taking leadership from and acting in solidarity with indigenous peoples in Guatemala and globally. With our U.S. office based in Oakland, CA, we are also committed to taking local action alongside the Chechenyo Ohlone peoples upon whose lands we are guests. A 5,000-year-old Ohlone Shellmound and Village Sacred Site is threatened [...]

More attempts made to suspend Las Lajitas license

By | February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  On January 24, residents from the municipalities of Casillas and San Rafael las Flores filled the courtroom to hear arguments in a civil suit against the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) that seeks the cancellation of a mining concession in their communities. Casillas resident Bernabé Rivas appealed to the court, expressing concern and [...]

Accompanier Perspectives: Ixil

By | February 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

While international accompaniment is at its core a response to the requests of Guatemalan communities and a tool for the protection of human rights, it is also a radical practice of showing up in solidarity and grappling with the deeper questions of structural injustice. Current accompanier Chris Shorne shares a poignant reflection from the Ixil region [...]

Júbilo de organizaciones internacionales ante avance que sienta precedente de demanda civil contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá por violencia en Guatemala

By | January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

30 de enero de 2017 (Guatemala/Montreal/Ottawa/Reno/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington, DC) Organizaciones de la sociedad civil canadienses y estadounidenses reciben con entusiasmo la decisión del Tribunal de Apelaciones de Columbia Británica que Vancouver constituye el foro más adecuado para conocer una demanda civil contra Tahoe Resources por violencia hacia manifestantes pacíficos en contra de su mina de plata en [...]

International organizations celebrate precedent-setting step toward justice in civil suit against Tahoe Resources in Canada for violence in Guatemala

By | January 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

January 27, 2017 (Guatemala/ Montreal/Ottawa/Reno/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington, DC) Canadian and US civil society organizations wholeheartedly welcome a British Columbia Court of Appeals’ decision that Vancouver is the preferred forum for a civil suit to be heard against Tahoe Resources concerning violence against peaceful opposition to its silver mine in Guatemala. Announced yesterday, the decision opens the door [...]

La elección de Donald Trump y nuestro compromiso al internacionalismo

By | January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Click here for the statement in English. Querida familia de NISGUA, Frente a la elección de Donald Trump a la presidencia de los Estados Unidos, nosotros, como muchos de ustedes, hemos sentido el choque, duelo y rabia. Sentimos temor por el futuro de nuestras comunidades, por la seguridad de nuestrxs vecinxs, y por el impacto [...]