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 [...]

Las Dos Erres massacre case advances with a new trial

By | December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The following is a translation of an article originally featured in Spanish on the ACOGUATE blog. NISGUA is a member of ACOGUATE, a coalition of North American and European solidarity committees who provide international accompaniment to threatened Guatemalan human rights defenders. NISGUA observed the 2011 Dos Erres trial and continues to provide accompaniment to FAMDEGUA, one [...]

Twelve communities of Tzalbal continue in their legal struggle for their lands

By | December 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accords in Guatemala, which brought an official end to the 36-year internal armed conflict. The Accords not only promised a more equitable distribution of land, increased attention on social needs, and an end to the violence that was inflicted upon the civilian population, [...]

Plaintiffs in the Dos Erres trial denounces faulty media coverage in the trial against Ríos Montt

By | December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt is currently facing charges of genocide for his role as the intellectual author of the 1982 massacre that killed more than 200 people in Las Dos Erres, Petén. While he was convicted in 2013 for genocide against the Ixil people, the sentence was overturned and a lengthy retrial process [...]

CREOMPAZ: the burial of Marta Elena Chen Ivoy

By | December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

The following is a narrative account by a current NISGUA accompanier who was present at the burial of the remains of eight people from Alta Verapaz, disappeared by the Guatemalan military in 1982. These eight individuals are among the 565 that have been uncovered by the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) during exhumations in the former [...]

NISGUA’s 2016 speaking tour builds connections across movements for gender justice

By | November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

During our fall tour, “Guatemalan women healing towards justice,” community psychologist Maudi Tzay met with hundreds of students, activists, psychologists, and healers from across the U.S. to speak about the groundbreaking case of Sepur Zarco and the critical work of Guatemalan feminist organizations to create spaces for healing grounded in justice. Maudi is a Kachiquel [...]

Trump’s election and our commitment to internationalism

By | November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

En español aquí. Dear NISGUA family, In the wake of the recent election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, like many of you, we have felt shock, grief, and outrage. We have felt fear for the future of our communities, for the safety of our neighbors, and for the impact [...]