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 [...]

Sepur Zarco: First case of sexual slavery will be heard in Guatemalan courts

By | July 8th, 2015|internal armed conflict, justice, Maya Q'eqchi', Sepur Zarco, sexual slavery, sexual violence|

On June 22, 2015, Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez ruled to accept witness testimonies and other evidence in the Sepur Zarco sexual slavery case. This is the first case of its kind to be heard in Guatemala courts and will be presided over by Judge Yassmín Barrios. The case first began in September 2011, when the [...]

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 [...]

Worldwide Day of Action: Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Genocide Sentence

By | May 15th, 2014|genocide trial, Ixil, justice, sentence, Yassmín Barrios|

On May 10, supporters, scholars and students from over a dozen countries celebrated the one-year anniversary of the genocide sentence. The worldwide day of action brought together communities to support the survivors' decades-long struggle for truth and justice in Guatemala. People across the world read the sentence aloud, participated commemorative events and shared personal reflections. In Guatemala [...]

Human Rights Convergence statement on the Attorney General nomination

By | May 6th, 2014|Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, human rights convergence, impunity, justice, nomination process, Otto Pérez Molina|

The pact to maintain impunity consolidates with the nomination for Attorney GeneralThe Human Rights Convergence states:The director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office is a key and decisive position to guarantee that justice is done and that it is swift. With Doctor Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey at the head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, meaningful [...]

Worldwide action for the one-year anniversary of the genocide sentence

By | May 5th, 2014|action, AJR, genocide trial, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, sentence, survivors, Yassmín Barrios|

“We must raise awareness [so] that these kinds of events are never repeated, because the people of Guatemala want to live in peace, acknowledging our identity, our rich multicultural, multilingual [heritage] and the respect for the freedom of expression of our ideas.” -Genocide sentence (page 89 in English translation)Photo: CMI GuatemalaThis coming May 10, people around [...]

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court set to hear arguments regarding fate of genocide trial

By | March 26th, 2014|AJR, Amnesty, appeal, CALDH, Claudia Paz y Paz, Constitutional Court, genocide trial, IACHR, injunction, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, survivors|

This morning, the Constitutional Court (CC), Guatemala’s highest court, will hear arguments regarding the April 2013 decision by Judge Carol Patricia Flores to set the genocide case back to a pre-trial phase. The mid-trial ruling cited technical errors in the judicial process and stated that the case should return to November 2011, before Ríos Montt [...]

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 [...]

NISGUA receives 2013 Global Justice and Peace Award

By | December 1st, 2013|AJR, award, Denver, DJPC, justice, peace|

On Saturday, November 16, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) presented NISGUA with their annual Global Justice and Peace Award. DJPC, a longtime supporter of NISGUA’s Guatemala Accompaniment Project, recognized NISGUA's organizational achievements and commitment to justice. We were honored to have AJR President Anselmo Roldán join us at the awards ceremony. His presence [...]