Sponsoring Communities take action: UUCA and NISGUA together in Guatemala

By | February 25th, 2016|accompaniment, ACOGUATE, AJR, Anthropology, CALDH, Consulta, corporate accountability, criminalization, cross-border connections, delegation, El Tambor, Escobal, FAFG, forensic anthropology, GAP, genocide, Guatemala, human rights, indigenous rights, internal armed conflict, justice, justice for genocide, Llan Carlos Dávila, massacre, Megaprojects / megaproyectos, memory, militarization, Minera San Rafael, Mining, photo, solidarity, Tahoe Resources, Uncategorized|

One of the pillars of international human rights accompaniment is the backing of a strong and active international network that commits to ongoing education of the international community about the human rights context of those we accompany, monitors the specific situations of those human rights defenders, and is ready to take action during high-risk moments [...]

Retrial for Ríos Montt to take place behind closed doors

By | September 23rd, 2015|AJR, CALDH, impunity, INACIF, justice for genocide, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez|

Legal battles over Efraín Ríos Montt's health have taken center stage over the past three months in the decades-long search for justice for genocide in Guatemala. On August 25, the three-judge tribunal ruled that Ríos Montt is mentally unfit to stand trial due to chronic and irreversible dementia. The court ordered that Montt be assigned a [...]

Ríos Montt ordered to undergo a full psychiatric review

By | July 28th, 2015|AJR, CICIG, genocide trial, INACIF, justice for genocide, Rios Montt|

"We can't allow the massacres in our communities to remain in impunity. We've already achieved our sentence, but we're ready for it to be declared a second time because we know there was genocide." - Julia Cortéz, spokesperson for the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), plaintiff in the genocide case.Questions surrounding ex-general Ríos Montt's [...]

Survivors call into question INACIF report claiming Ríos Montt too sick to stand trial

By | July 9th, 2015|AJR, CALDH, genocide trial, INACIF, justice for genocide, Rios Montt|

On Tuesday, Guatemala's National Forensic Science Institute (INACIF) published a report stating that former general Efraín Ríos Montt is mentally unfit to stand trial. The report was requested by Judge Carol Patricia Flores, the same judge who attempted to annul the genocide trial proceedings on April 18, 2013. The former de facto president was convicted on [...]

Accompanier Perspectives: Ixcán

By | June 11th, 2015|accompaniment, ACODET, AJR, burial. Chixoy dam, INDE, Ixcan, pueblos indigenas, Xalalá|

Since the mid-1990s, members of the NISGUA network have provided a physical international presence to threatened human rights defenders and communities in the Ixcán.We invite you to read the following reflection piece from one of our current accompaniers, Kayla Myers, about the violence of the past and the ongoing imposition of megadevelopment projects in the [...]

ACOGUATE turns 15!

By | April 13th, 2015|accompaniment, ACOGUATE, AJR, defensa del territorio, genocide|

This year, ACOGUATE honors 15 years providing a physical international presence to threatened Guatemalan human rights defenders as they work towards social justice and transformation. In 2000, NISGUA joined international accompaniment organizations from Canada and Austria to form ACOGUATE, drawing from experiences accompanying refugee communities during their return to Guatemala from Mexico in the mid 1990s. [...]

Interview with members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation on the genocide retrial and suspension of proceedings

By | January 9th, 2015|accompaniment, AJR, CALDH, genocide trial, judicial independence, justice system, Rios Montt, sentence|

NISGUA sat down with several members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) to ask them how they feel about the genocide retrial and the events of January 5th, when lead Judge Jeannette Valdés was recused from hearing the case and the retrial was suspended. The departure of Judge Valdés means that the trial [...]

Genocide retrial: Recusal of judge leads to suspension of proceedings

By | January 6th, 2015|AJR, CALDH, genocide trial, impunity, Ixil, justice for genocide, Rios Montt, solidarity|

"We know that genocide took place. The whole world knows it, but the truth has been denied." Juventino Caal, member of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR)Yesterday, a new trial against Jose Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez opened in Guatemalan courts and once again the survivors and witnesses were left clamoring [...]

A solidarity message to the Association for Justice and Reconciliation as the genocide case goes to retrial

By | January 5th, 2015|AJR, genocide trial, justice for genocide, Rios Montt, testimony, Yassmín Barrios|

January 5, 2015Dear members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR),During this moment in which the Guatemala justice system is retrying the case against Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, we here at NISGUA want to acknowledge this long process in search of justice and particularly recognize the bravery of the witnesses who testified [...]

The Countdown to January 5th, 2015: Genocide retrial on course, but questions remain

By | December 19th, 2014|AJR, CALDH, Constitutional Court, genocide trial|

“The thousands and thousands of victims will never abandon this struggle. We have to see it through. There are multitudes of victims by my side demanding that I speak out for justice and so I am going to speak out. In no moment will this [struggle] be abandoned. We have already made huge strides… I [...]