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 [...]

Land defenders Saúl Méndez and Rogelio Velásquez absolved of all charges but remain in prison

By | November 25th, 2015|Barillas, dams, Hidralia S.A., hydro-electric dam, indigenous rights, Maya Q'anjob'al, militarization, peaceful resistance, political prisoner, political prisoners, presos políticos, rivers, state of siege|

On October 28, 2015, a Quetzaltenango Femicide Tribunal unanimously voted to absolve political prisoners Saúl Méndez and Rogelio Velásquez of the crimes of femicide and homicide. The Tribunal rejected every single witness presented by the prosecution and questioned the political motives behind the Public Prosecutor's decision to begin investigation of a crime three years after [...]

A report-back on NISGUA’s Rivers for Life Delegation

By | April 14th, 2015|ACODET, delegation, IDB, INDE, indigenous rights, rivers, Xalalá|

When Víctor Caal Tzuy came to the U.S. last fall to speak about indigenous peoples’ fight for self-determination in Guatemala, he ended many of his presentations by inviting people to his home to see for themselves how and why more than 50 communities have united in opposition to the Xalalá hydroelectric dam.Last month, NISGUA responded [...]

Uncertainty around the Xalalá Hydroelectric Project

By | March 17th, 2015|ACODET, ACOGUATE, Amilcar Pop, Chixoy, Constitutional Court, defensa del territorio, hydro-electric dam, ILO Convention 169, INDE, indigenous authorities, indigenous rights, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Xalalá|

Posted on February 28, 2015 by ACOGUATETranslation by NISGUAOn November 7, 2013, the National Electrification Institute (Instituto Nacional de Electrificación, INDE) signed an Emergency Purchase contract with the Brazilian company Intertechne Consultores, S.A. to conduct the geotechnical, seismic, geological and geophysical feasibility studies for the Xalalá dam, without informing and consulting the affected communities. More [...]

The Q’eqchi’ and the Duwamish

By | October 31st, 2014|ACODET, indigenous rights, Ixcan, Maya Q'eqchi', media, Megaprojects / megaproyectos, rivers, tour, Xalalá|

This article was originally published in Spanish, online at elsalmon.org By Alejandro EcheverríaOctober 13, 2014 Indigenous leaders Víctor Caal Tzuy and Ken WorkmanKen Workman is a Seattle native who despite his tall stature, has characteristics that evoke his famous 19th century ancestor - the indigenous Chief of Seattle (Si'ahl) - who gave this city, which lies [...]

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 [...]

Guatemalan Indigenous Organizations File Complaint over Mining Law with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

By | September 3rd, 2013|CIEL, communique, community consultation, CPO, Escobal, Goldcorp, Hudbay, IACHR, ILO Convention 169, indigenous rights, La Puya, Maya, mining law, Xinca|

Sources: Western Peoples' Council (CPO) - Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) - MiningWatch Canada – Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)(Guatemala City/Ottawa/Washington) Tuesday, Guatemala's Western Peoples' Council of Mayan organizations (CPO) filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) alleging that the country’s mining law was approved without their [...]

Declaration of the Second Gathering of the Q’anjob’al Nationalities

By | August 28th, 2013|ADH, autonomy, Chiapas, community consultation, CPO, development, Huehuetenango, indigenous rights, Maya Q'anjob'al, Megaprojects, Mining|

On August 21 – 23, leaders and representatives of twenty Maya Q'anjob'al communities in northern Huehuetenango and Chiapas, Mexico, gathered in San Juan Ixcoy, Huehuetenango to discuss the ongoing imposition of large-scale development projects on their territory and to continue generating strategies for unified resistance moving forward. The three day, cross-border event focused on the [...]

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 [...]

Indigenous organizations denounce proposed mining moratorium

By | July 11th, 2013|ADH, community consultation, CPO, Escobal, Huehuetenango, indigenous rights, international law, MEM, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa, Tahoe Resources|

In a televised program broadcast from outside Tahoe Resources’ conflictive Escobal mine project, President Otto Pérez Molina announced a proposed two-year moratorium on the granting of new mineral mining licenses. A similar moratorium put in place under the Colom presidency was lifted under the Molina administration, allowing for the issuance of roughly 100 exploration and [...]