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 [...]

Communities defend right to clean water, continue to speak out against Tahoe’s dirty mine

By | June 12th, 2015|CALAS, community consultation, Minera San Rafael, Mining, San Juan Bosco, San Rafael Las Flores, Tahoe Resources, water|

In honor of World Environment Day, communities impacted by Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine did what they have consistently done since the mining company came on to their lands - stand up for land, water and life against mega-development extraction. The situation is critical: just over a year into the start of commercial production at the [...]

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 [...]

Demanda en contra de Tahoe Resources – señal de alerta para inversionistas y canadienses

By | June 18th, 2014|Kevin McArthur, Minera San Rafael, mineria, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa, state of seige, Tahoe Resources|

Fuente: Alerta Minera Canadá - Red en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala (NISGUA) - Red Rompiendo el Silencio de las Provincias Marítimas y Guatemala 18 de junio de 2014(Ottawa/Tatamagouche/Guatemala) Se presentó hoy día una demanda civil en Vancouver contra Tahoe Resources por negligencia y agresión en relación a un tiroteo en el proyecto argentífero [...]

International organizations demand justice in deadly attack against opponents of Tahoe Resources’ mine

By | May 1st, 2014|amensty, assasination, Minera San Rafael, mineria, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, state of siege, Tahoe Resources|

Merilyn Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, 1997 - 2014. (Photo: Danilo Zuleta)   Two weeks have passed since the deadly attack against Alex and Topacio Reynoso, community leaders from Mataquescuintla, Jalapa who were actively opposed to Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala. Topacio, just 16 years old, was killed, and her father was seriously [...]

Organizations in defense of territory denounce violence against their communities

By | April 15th, 2014|criminalization, CUC, Escobal, La Puya, Mining, repression, San José del Golfo, San Juan Sacatepéquez, San Rafael Las Flores, Tahoe Resources, Waqib'Kej, Xinca Parliament|

Late Sunday night, around 10:30PM, father and daughter activists involved in the resistance against Tahoe Resources' Escobal Mine, Edwin Alex Reynoso and Merilyn Topacio Reynoso, were attacked by unknown suspects. Alex and Topacio were on their way home from Matequescuintla after attending an activity there. Topacio was shot and killed; Alex was severely wounded and [...]

Sipakapa is still not for sale…

By | February 20th, 2014|community consultation, CPO, criminalization, Escobal, Goldcorp, Kevin McArthur, Marlin Mine, Mining, protest, Sipakapa, Tahoe Resources|

Neither are San Rafael Las Flores, Nueva Santa Rosa, Mataquescuintla, Jalapa nor Santa Rosa de Lima.In 2005, the communities of Sipakapa carried out one of the first community consultations on mining in Guatemala, taking a stand against Canadian giant, Goldcorp Inc., and sparking a movement that has resulted in over 70 referenda throughout the country [...]

NISGUA leads delegation with UUCA to Guatemala

By | February 5th, 2014|accompaniment, ADIVIMA, AJR, delegation, Escobal, exchange, GAP, Mining, PAG, Rabinal, San Rafael Las Flores, scholarships, US embassy in Guatemala, UUCA|

  UUCA delegates gather with NISGUA staff in Antigua. All photos: David McTaggartThis past December, NISGUA organized and hosted a ten-day delegation with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA), home to NISGUA Sponsoring Community, Partners for Arlington and Guatemala (PAG). 
Twelve members of the UUCA congregation formed the delegation and traveled to Guatemala to [...]

Tahoe Resources on the defense as opposition to the Escobal mine gains ground

By | December 11th, 2013|community consultation, Constitutional Court, Escobal, Jalapa, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, Tahoe Resources|

While community opposition to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal project grows and wins support from the Constitutional Court, the company remains on the defense trying to convince investors that it enjoys “strong local community support.” However, the record of local votes in neighboring communities and municipalities, betrays a different reality. More than half of the communities in the municipality [...]

Jalapa says NO to mining! Guatemalan Constitutional Court hears case related to Tahoe Resources’ mining license

By | November 19th, 2013|CALAS, community consultation, Escobal, Jalapa, MEM, Minera San Rafael, Mining, San Rafael Las Flores, Tahoe Resources|

Jalapa has said NO to mining. Photo: Xinka ParliamentOn Sunday, November 10, in a community consultation in the municipality of Jalapa, 23,152 people said NO to chemical metal mining. Members of Santa María Xalapán and other indigenous Xinca communities in Jalapa requested the popular vote in order to address the threat of environmental and social [...]