Protect Sacred Sites – Support NISGUA local action!

By | February 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

NISGUA is committed to taking leadership from and acting in solidarity with indigenous peoples in Guatemala and globally. With our U.S. office based in Oakland, CA, we are also committed to taking local action alongside the Chechenyo Ohlone peoples upon whose lands we are guests. A 5,000-year-old Ohlone Shellmound and Village Sacred Site is threatened [...]

More attempts made to suspend Las Lajitas license

By | February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  On January 24, residents from the municipalities of Casillas and San Rafael las Flores filled the courtroom to hear arguments in a civil suit against the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) that seeks the cancellation of a mining concession in their communities. Casillas resident Bernabé Rivas appealed to the court, expressing concern and [...]

Accompanier Perspectives: Ixil

By | February 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

While international accompaniment is at its core a response to the requests of Guatemalan communities and a tool for the protection of human rights, it is also a radical practice of showing up in solidarity and grappling with the deeper questions of structural injustice. Current accompanier Chris Shorne shares a poignant reflection from the Ixil region [...]

Júbilo de organizaciones internacionales ante avance que sienta precedente de demanda civil contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá por violencia en Guatemala

By | January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

30 de enero de 2017 (Guatemala/Montreal/Ottawa/Reno/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington, DC) Organizaciones de la sociedad civil canadienses y estadounidenses reciben con entusiasmo la decisión del Tribunal de Apelaciones de Columbia Británica que Vancouver constituye el foro más adecuado para conocer una demanda civil contra Tahoe Resources por violencia hacia manifestantes pacíficos en contra de su mina de plata en [...]

International organizations celebrate precedent-setting step toward justice in civil suit against Tahoe Resources in Canada for violence in Guatemala

By | January 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

January 27, 2017 (Guatemala/ Montreal/Ottawa/Reno/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington, DC) Canadian and US civil society organizations wholeheartedly welcome a British Columbia Court of Appeals’ decision that Vancouver is the preferred forum for a civil suit to be heard against Tahoe Resources concerning violence against peaceful opposition to its silver mine in Guatemala. Announced yesterday, the decision opens the door [...]

La elección de Donald Trump y nuestro compromiso al internacionalismo

By | January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Click here for the statement in English. Querida familia de NISGUA, Frente a la elección de Donald Trump a la presidencia de los Estados Unidos, nosotros, como muchos de ustedes, hemos sentido el choque, duelo y rabia. Sentimos temor por el futuro de nuestras comunidades, por la seguridad de nuestrxs vecinxs, y por el impacto [...]

Ante la represión en contra de las comunidades defensoras de los derechos de las comunidades que integran la Micro Región de Ixquisis, San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango

By | January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  Hoy, 17 de enero de 2017, las comunidades de la Micro Región de Ixquisis, de San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango, que defienden los derechos humanos, su territorio, la vida y los bienes naturales, realizaron una movilización pacífica para, nuevamente, expresar su rechazo y desacuerdo con la construcción de los proyectos hidroeléctricos propiedad de la empresa [...]

Repression of communities defending their rights in the Ixquisis Region, San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango

By | January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

On January 17, 2017, community members from the Ixquisis region, located in northern Huehuetenango, held a demonstration against the construction of three hydroelectric projects by the company Promoción y Desarrollos Hídricos, Sociedad Anónima (PDH, SA). That afternoon, representatives of the National Civil Police, PDH S.A.'s private security, and forest rangers, all armed, fired on the crowd, killing elderly [...]

CALAS busca aumentar medidas de seguridad después del asesinato del miembro de personal

By | December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernández de López, Fiscal General de la República, Jefe del Ministerio Público Correo: fiscalgeneral@mp.gob.gt 15 Avenida 15-16 zona 1, Barrio Gerona, 8o nivel, Ciudad de Guatemala FAX: + 502.2411-9124/ + 502.2411-9326 Francisco Manuel Rivas Lara Ministro de Gobernación de la República Correo: smvasquez@mingob.gob.gt 6 Avenida 13-71 zona 1, Ciudad de Guatemala +502.2413-8888 [...]

CALAS seeks increased security measures after staff member is murdered

By | December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Today NISGUA, along with other environmental and social justice organizations from the Unites States and Canada, sent a letter to Guatemalan Attorney General and the Minister of the Interior asking that necessary actions be taken to guarantee the safety of the staff for the Guatemalan Center for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS) in light of recent [...]