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 [...]

US groups call on new US Ambassador to Guatemala to promote justice

By | December 19th, 2014|Chixoy, human rights, IACHR, ILO Convention 169, land, US embassy in Guatemala, World Bank|

The following letter was originally sent on October 14, 2014 Ambassador Todd Robinson U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala Dear Ambassador Robinson: We write to congratulate you on your recent appointment as the United States ambassador to Guatemala, and we recognize your extensive experience and service in country as well as throughout the Western hemisphere. As [...]

Court rules that Guatemala must recognize results of community consultations

By | July 31st, 2014|Consulta, consulta comunitaria, consultas comunitarias, defensa del territorio, derechos indigenas, human rights, indigenous authorities, indigenous rights, Sipakapa|

In an historic resolution, a Guatemalan Appeals Court ruled last week that the government must take into account the right to free, prior and informed consent when granting mining licenses on the lands of indigenous communities.The ruling came in response to a legal action presented by the Sipakapense People's Council in March 2014, arguing that [...]

The Council of Maya and Xinca Peoples denounces the Guatemalan State in the IACHR

By | September 3rd, 2013|CPO, demand, human rights, IACHR, Maya, mining law, Xinca|

The Council presents their demand on September 3, 2013. Photo: CPOTHE COUNCIL OF MAYA AND XINCA PEOPLES DENOUNCES THE GUATEMALAN STATE IN THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTSOn February 28, 2013, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court dismissed the Council’s challenge of unconstitutionality filed against the mining law on March 12, 2012.  As a result of leaving [...]

Guatemalan complainants celebrate effective suspension of Tahoe Resources license

By | July 25th, 2013|Alberto Rotondo, environmental justice, Escobal, Goldcorp, Guatemala, human rights, indigenous rights, Minera San Rafael, Mining, Ministry of Energy and Mines, San Rafael Las Flores, Tahoe Resources, Xinca|

CALAS and the Xinca Parliament announce the suspension of Tahoe Resources' mining license on Wednesday morning. Photo: Prensa Libre(Ottawa/Guatemala City) On Tuesday, the Civil and Mercantile Division of Guatemala’s First Court of Appeals notified the Centre for Environmental and Social Legal Action (CALAS) that it is upholding an appeal associated with Tahoe Resources' production license [...]

Communities of Santa Rosa and Jalapa denounce criminalization of leaders opposing Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine

By | July 5th, 2013|Alberto Rotondo, criminalization, CUC, environmental justice, Escobal, Goldcorp, Guatemala, human rights, Jalapa, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa, state of seige, Tahoe Resources, Xinca|

Since the May 2 declaration of a state of siege in four municipalities surrounding Tahoe Resources' mine, 12 members of the Committee in Defense of Life and Peace of San Rafael had their homes raided by police and military forces, five community members have been arrested and charged, and at least 18 more have pending [...]

NISGUA’s genocide trial coverage: the complete collection

By | June 21st, 2013|AJR, CALDH, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

While we await the next steps of the genocide trial, we are honored to provide an accessible archive of the daily coverage we provided from day 1 of the trial. Please read and share this historic collection.Genocide on Trial, Day 1: Ixil witnesses speakGenocide on Trial, Day 2: Ixil Voices in the Halls of JusticeGenocide [...]

Criminal case against Alberto Rotondo, security manager for Tahoe Resources, moves forward in Guatemalan courts

By | June 17th, 2013|Alberto Rotondo, environmental justice, Escobal, Goldcorp, Guatemala, human rights, Jalapa, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa, state of seige, Tahoe Resources|

On Friday June 7, Alberto Rotondo, former security manager for Tahoe Resources, was summoned to appear for the second time in a Guatemalan court. During the first hearing on May 7, Rotondo was charged with assault and obstruction of justice in connection to the April 27 attack outside Tahoe's Escobal project in which mine security [...]

Speculation around genocide trial restart; Ríos Montt back under house arrest

By | June 12th, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

Guatemalan civil society reacted to the May 20 annulment of the genocide trial verdict through public actions, marches and vigils overwhelmingly rejecting the decision. On May 24, an impromptu march that some activists reported to be the largest in recent history organized in the name of memory in Guatemala. An estimated 5,000 people filled the [...]

Complaint asks for investigation into Tahoe Resources after wiretap evidence implicates employees in violence at Escobal mine

By | June 3rd, 2013|environmental justice, Escobal, Goldcorp, Guatemala, human rights, indigenous rights, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, state of seige, Tahoe Resources, Xinca|

On Saturday April 27, mine security at Tahoe Resources' Escobal project opened fire on community members peacefully gathered outside the mine site. Six men were shot and seriously injured. This incident set of a chain of events, eventually resulting in the declaration of a state of siege in four municipalities surrounding the Escobal mine. On April [...]