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 [...]

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. [...]

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

By | September 18th, 2014|accompaniment, AJR, genocide, genocide trial, internal armed conflict, International Day of Indigenous Peoples, Ixil, Megaprojects / megaproyectos, mineria, Mining, pueblos indigenas, Rios Montt|

"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 [...]

Retired military officials arraigned for atrocities at Sepur Zarco military base

By | July 15th, 2014|accompaniment, disappeared, genocide, internal armed conflict, justice, servidumbre, sexual violence, sobrevivientes|

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 [...]

Genocide survivors respond to congressional resolution to deny genocide

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

"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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

“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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]