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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rubén Herrera Released from Prison!

By | May 31st, 2013|ADH, Consulta, CPO, Huehuetenango, indigenous rights, international law, Megaprojects, Megaprojects / megaproyectos, political prisoner, Rubén Herrera, solidarity|

Rubén Herrera and Cecilia Mérida moments after Rubén was liberated.Yesterday, Rubén Herrera, unjustly imprisoned since March 15 for his resistance to the Cambalam hydro-electric project, was released from custody and cleared of all charges in one of two legal processes against him. The second process (176-2011) dating back to 2009, was provisionally closed at the [...]

NISGUA in NYC with the Association for Justice and Reconciliation: Listen live to our special event

By | May 30th, 2013|AJR, celebration, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, reflection, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

Live transmission of event in NYC with the AJR. Tramission will begin at approximately 7:15pm EST, May 30, and last for one hour.Transmisión en vivo de la actividad en la ciudad de Nueva York con la AJR. Transmisión de 1 hora, 30 de mayo, empezando a las 7:15pm EST (aproximadamente).Alternate link: here

AJR Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

By | May 22nd, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial, United Nations|

The Association for Justice and Reconciliation addressed the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City today. We are honored to provide the exclusive English translation of the declaration. Read the Spanish version here.  Association for Justice and ReconciliationDeclaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 12th SessionNew York, NY, [...]

Genocide trial sentence overturned; CALDH press conference called sentence, “An opportunity for peace”

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

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court emitted a resolution late Monday evening to annul the genocide trial verdict and revert proceedings back to April 19. Judge Barrios of the First Court for High Risk Crimes "A" has 24 hours after being notified of the resolution this morning to comply with the Constitutional Court. The full impact of [...]

Sentence of Dignified Reparations for the Ixil People

By | May 14th, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

On May 10, Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity, in an historic ruling that sentenced him to 80 years in prison. As ordered during the verdict, yesterday Judge Yassmín Barrios heard the reparations requests of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation and the Center for Human [...]

Ríos Montt: Guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity

By | May 11th, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

Today in Guatemala, Judge Yazmin Barrios found former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. The court ratified all the elements of genocide described by witness and expert testimony, concluding that Ríos Montt had both command authority and "full knowledge of what was happening and did nothing to stop it."  Ríos [...]

Genocide trial still suspended: Supporters remain hopeful, public dialogue continues

By | April 29th, 2013|AJR, CALDH, genocide, Guatemala, human rights, indigenous rights, international law, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors|

NISGUA continues ongoing coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity.The air in Guatemala is tensely optimistic as various injunctions and appeals related to the fate of the genocide trial are one by one being resolved in Guatemalan courts. The genocide trial has [...]