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Plaintiffs in the Dos Erres trial denounces faulty media coverage in the trial against Ríos Montt

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt is currently facing charges of genocide for his role as the intellectual author of the 1982 massacre that killed more than 200 people in Las Dos Erres, Petén. While he was convicted in 2013 for genocide against the Ixil people, the sentence was overturned and a lengthy retrial process began. Declared mentally unfit to stand trial, he is now being represented by lawyers in a special closed-door proceeding and may face something similar related to [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CREOMPAZ: the burial of Marta Elena Chen Ivoy

The following is a narrative account by a current NISGUA accompanier who was present at the burial of the remains of eight people from Alta Verapaz, disappeared by the Guatemalan military in 1982. These eight individuals are among the 565 that have been uncovered by the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) during exhumations in the former Military Zone 21, now known as the Regional Command Center for Peacekeeping Training – CREOMPAZ. A physical international presence is used as one strategy to [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

NISGUA’s 2016 speaking tour builds connections across movements for gender justice

During our fall tour, “Guatemalan women healing towards justice,” community psychologist Maudi Tzay met with hundreds of students, activists, psychologists, and healers from across the U.S. to speak about the groundbreaking case of Sepur Zarco and the critical work of Guatemalan feminist organizations to create spaces for healing grounded in justice. Maudi is a Kachiquel community psychologist from Guatemala whose work with ECAP – the Community Studies and Psychosocial Action Team – brings healing to movements for social justice and [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Trump’s election and our commitment to internationalism

En español aquí. Dear NISGUA family, In the wake of the recent election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, like many of you, we have felt shock, grief, and outrage. We have felt fear for the future of our communities, for the safety of our neighbors, and for the impact this next era will have on communities in the Global South who for centuries have struggled for self-determination, justice, and dignity. As we’ve tried to [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Oakland event builds solidarity across movements for gender justice

As part of NISGUA’s 2016 tour, “Guatemalan women healing towards justice: the case of Sepur Zarco,” Bay Area organizers brought together community and clinical psychologists working in trauma and healing to discuss the connections between militarism and sexual violence and strategies for resilience and solidarity. The event, “Memory and Healing in Movements for Gender Justice,” was held on October 14 at the Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) in Oakland, one of the first urban American Indian community centers in the United [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mataquescuintla reaffirms its commitment to uphold the results of the 2012 consultation that rejected mining

Four years ago, residents of the southeastern Guatemalan municipality of Mataquescuintla held a municipal referendum in which 98.42% of participants voted against the presence of resource extraction projects in their territories. This past Friday, the municipality re-affirmed its commitment to uphold that decision and continue to stand up against US-Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources as it operates its Escobal mine in the area. For more information about the resistance to Tahoe Resources, click here. One of the event organizers and members [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Murder of Young Assistant from Guatemalan Environmental Organization is Evidence of Escalating Risk to Human Rights Defenders

November 16, 2016 (Ottawa/Toronto/Vancouver/Reno/Washington/Guatemala) North American organizations are dismayed and deeply troubled by the execution-style murder of 22 year-old Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima, assistant to the director of the Guatemalan Centre for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS), on Saturday in Guatemala City. A group of Canadian and US legal, environmental and social justice organizations, and solidarity networks publicly express their condolences for the victim’s mother and two young sisters. In addition, they are profoundly worried about the safety and [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CALAS denounces the murder of colleague Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima

The Center for Environmental and Social Legal Action of Guatemala (CALAS) denounces the murder of Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima, assistant to the General Director Yuri Melini. Below is the translated urgent action and original statement in Spanish.  CALAS - Urgent Action Public Statement MURDER of JEREMY ABRAHAM BARRIOS LIMA Assistant to the General Director of the Center for Environmental and Social Legal Action of Guatemala (CALAS) On November 12, 2016, in Guatemala City at approximately 5:30 PM, JEREMY ABRAHAM BARRIOS [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Community members protest damage to homes near Tahoe Resources’ mine, fear violent reprisal

The following article was written in collaboration with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, MiningWatch Canada, and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. In February 2016 houses in the village of La Cuchilla in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, began to crack and on April 19th, the houses began to fall down. The community is located less than 3 kilometers from Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine, which has been operating [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Carta pública a las autoridades hondureñas sobre el reciente caso de expulsión de un defensor internacional de derechos humanos

Las organizaciones firmantes expresamos nuestra preocupación y condena por la detención y expulsión de un defensor de los derechos humanos al ingresar en Honduras el día 25 de octubre de 2016. Respetados Señores y Señoras. El martes 25 de octubre a las 9:00 am el defensor de derechos humanos Luis Díaz de Terán de nacionalidad española, fué retenido por las autoridades migratorias de Honduras a su llegada al aeropuerto internacional de Tocontín en Tegucigalpa, con el argumento de que había [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments