Sponsoring Communities take action: UUCA and NISGUA together in Guatemala

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 or in the event human rights violations take place. At NISGUA, our entire grassroots base is involved in this important work. Through NISGUA's Guatemala Accompaniment [...]

ACOGUATE turns 15!

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. Since that time, committees from seven other European countries - including France, Sweden, Germany, Spain, England, Denmark and Switzerland - have joined the coalition. While [...]

By | April 13th, 2015|accompaniment, ACOGUATE, AJR, defensa del territorio, genocide|0 Comments

Ixil communities of Nebaj express opposition to US-led extraction in their territory

"Historically, we have never received the support of the state or the government for our development, which is why it seems fair that we be able to take advantage of our own natural resources in order to improve the living conditions of our people according to our own vision of development." Letter from communities of Nebaj to US-owned Double Crown Resources Inc.In May 2014, US-owned natural resource exploration and development company, Double Crown Resources, Inc., bought the exclusive rights to all [...]

Retired military officials arraigned for atrocities at Sepur Zarco military base

Ex-colonel Esteelmer Reyes Girón and ex-military commissioner Heriberto Valdéz Asij were arraigned and ordered to pre-trial detention on June 23 by Tribunal "B" of the High Risk Crimes Court. The two will remain in prison while they await trial on charges of assassination, forced disappearance, and crimes against humanity.Estelmer Reyes Girón and Heriberto Valdéz Asij in court on June 23.Photo: CPR-UrbanaThe accusations stem from acts ostensibly committed between 1982 and 1983, when Reyes served as colonel of the military base [...]

Genocide survivors respond to congressional resolution to deny genocide

"We are thousands of Guatemalan victims of grave human rights violations committed during the internal armed conflict. The only thing we ask for is justice."  - Communique from survivors in response to congressional resolution to deny genocideGenocide survivors gather in front of the Congress of the Republic.On late Tuesday, May 13, the Guatemalan Congress passed a shocking resolution categorically denying that genocide occurred in Guatemala. The resolution states that the “so-called ‘trial of the century’” threatens “National Reconciliation”. 87 congressional [...]

By | May 19th, 2014|AJR, communique, Congress, genocide, impunity, justice, survivors|0 Comments

Genocide retrial set for January 2015; national courts debate possibility of amnesty

On November 5, almost six months since the highly contested decision by Guatemala's Constitutional Court (CC) to annul the genocide sentence, Guatemalan courts announced a date for the retrial of former General Ríos Montt. Guatemala's High Risks Court “B” affirmed that it has the jurisdiction to hear the case but said its calendar is full until January 5, 2015.The announcement of the retrial date came the same day that the Association for Justice and Reconciliation and their legal team filed a complaint in [...]

By | December 12th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, Constitutional Court, genocide, IACHR, justice, Rios Montt, trial|0 Comments

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits Laramie, Denver and the Bay Area

The "Justice for genocide: A survivor's story" fall speaking tour left Wisconsin on November 13 to embark on the final stops of the tour: Laramie, WY; Denver, CO; and the Bay Area, CA. The Wyoming Guatemala Accompaniment Project (WYGap) welcomed tour speaker, Association for Justice and Reconciliation President Anselmo Roldán, and NISGUA Programs Coordinator, Ellen Moore. WYGap organized a total of eight events over a day and a half, the majority hosted at University of Wyoming in Laramie.Anselmo connected with [...]

By | December 1st, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, Denver, genocide, justice, Laramie, San Francisco, tour, trial|0 Comments

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits the Midwest

“We are here in the United States asking for your solidarity. Borders divide us, but justice is a fundamental pillar of democracy” -Anselmo Roldán to the international community From November 7-11, NISGUA visited six Midwestern cities with Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) president Anselmo Roldán.  The Midwest leg of our speaking tour started in Oberlin, OH, hosted by NISGUA sponsoring community, the Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment (SEPA).Similar to other sponsoring communities who are connected to NISGUA's Guatemalan Accompaniment [...]

By | November 18th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, Chicago, genocide, impunity, justice, midwest, Oberlin, tour, trial, Wisconsin|0 Comments

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits Los Angeles

The Guatemala Education and Action Project (GEAP) hosted NISGUA and the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) on our third tour stop in Los Angeles. GEAP's events included a press conference, community event and a number of college speaking opportunities for AJR president Anselmo Roldán. Anselmo receives a plaque by a local Guatemalan in Los Angeles.Posters calling for justice accompany Anselmo's presentation at a community event.NISGUA staffer Ellen Moore supports Anselmo with interpretation.Nearly 100 local activists and community members greeted [...]

By | November 8th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, genocide, impunity, justice, Los Angeles, tour, trial|0 Comments

Survivors submit complaint against Guatemalan state for denial of justice in genocide case

Genocide survivors submit a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington DC on November 6, 2013. Photo: AJRINTERNATIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST THE GUATEMALAN STATE FOR DENIAL OF JUSTICE IN THE GENOCIDE CASE
Washington D.C., November 6, 2013 - Today, survivors of the Guatemalan genocide, along with civil society organizations, filed a complaint in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the Guatemalan state for the continued impunity  for grave human rights violations committed against the Ixil people. The [...]

By | November 7th, 2013|AJR, CALDH, CIDH, genocide, justice, Rios Montt, survivors, trial, Washington DC|0 Comments