General Héctor López Fuentes indicted for genocide

General López Fuentes waits for his hearing to begin. Graham HuntOn June 20, 2011, retired General Héctor Mario López Fuentes was indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity and forced disappearance.  As Army Chief of Staff under the de facto regime of General Efraín Ríos Montt, López Fuentes is accused of [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:03+00:00 June 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

General Héctor López Fuentes acusado de genocidio

General López Fuentes espera que se le dé inicio a su audiencia. Graham HuntEl 20 de junio del 2011, el General retirado Héctor Mario López Fuentes fue formalmente acusado de genocidio, crímenes de lesa humanidad y desaparición forzada.  Como jefe del Estado Mayor del Ejército bajo el régimen de facto [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:03+00:00 June 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Testimonio aportado en caso de masacre de Panzós

Walter Overdick gives his testimony.  Graham HuntLa misma mañana, en la misma sala, inmediatamente previo a la comparencia de López Fuentess, otra audiencia se llevó a cabo de torno a la 1978 masacre de Panzós, reconocida como la primera masacre del período más oscuro de las compañas contrainsurgentes de "tierra [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:04+00:00 June 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Testimony given in Panzós massacre case

Walter Overdick gives his testimony.  Graham HuntThe same morning, in the very same court room immediately prior to López Fuentes' indictment, another hearing was held regarding the 1978 Panzós massacre, recognized as the first massacre of Guatemala's darkest period of "scorched earth" counterinsurgency.  Former mayor of Panzós Walter Overdick related [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:06+00:00 June 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Breaking News: First Arrest for Genocide in Guatemala

FIRST ARREST FOR GENOCIDE IN GUATEMALAToday, June 17th, General Héctor Mario López Fuentes was captured in Guatemala City, twenty-nine years after having initiated the execution of Plan Victoria 82, developed by the Army Chief of Staff and Efraín Ríos Montt’s de facto government. He is accused of having perpetrated genocide [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:06+00:00 June 18th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Sacapulas, El Quiché, celebrates community referendum

Members of the Coordinadora de Comunidades de Sacapulas en Resistencia y en Defensa de los Recursos Naturales y el Medio Ambiente (Coordinating Committee of the Communities of Sacpulas in Resistance and in Defense of Natural Resources and the Environment), the body which organized the referendum, unfold banners in the central [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:07+00:00 June 11th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Corte de Constitucionalidad otorga amparo, suspende reglamento de consultas comunitarias

El 23 de marzo del 2011, representantes de varios municipios que han celebrado consultas comunitarias, articulados en el Consejo de Pueblos de Occidente (CPO), interpusieron un amparo exijiendo que el gobierno desistiera en su intento por reglamentar las consultas.  Graham HuntEl 25 de abril del 2011, la Corte de Constitucionalidad [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:07+00:00 June 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Constitutional Court grants injunction, provisionally halts regulation of community referenda

On March 23, 2011, representatives of municipalities that have carried out referenda, articulated in the Consejo de Pueblos de Occidente (CPO), filed an injunction demanding that the government desist in its efforts to regulate community referenda.  Graham HuntOn April 25, 2011, Guatemala's Constitutional Court resolved to grant a provisional injunction [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:07+00:00 June 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Maya Mam People Declare Mining-Free Territory

Graham HuntOn May 18, 2011, in a massively attended ceremony carried out among the temples of Zaculeu, the Maya Mam People of Huehuetenango declared their territory mining-free.  In the presence of community, municipal and ancestral authorities from Mam territory, as well as delegations from other departments, community leaders presented the [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:07+00:00 May 27th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Pueblo Mam de Huehuetenango se declara Libre de Minería

Graham HuntEl 18 de mayo del 2011, en un acto multitudinario celebrado entre los templos de Zaculeu, el pueblo Maya Mam de Huehuetenango se declaró libre de minería.  En presencia de autoridades comunitarias, municipales y ancestrales del mismo área Mam, así como delegaciones provenientes de otros departamentos, se dio lectura [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:07+00:00 May 27th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Media from NISGUA tour, Mining and Violence: Indigenous Women Resist

We are excited to present multi-media available from our recent speaking tour.Concluding the Latin American Solidarity Conference in Washington, D.C., activists participated in the SOA Watch's march on the White House, demanding the closing of the School of the Americas-Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA-WHINSEC).  See interview with tour [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:07+00:00 May 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|

On fourth anniversary of community referendum of Ixcán, communities and organizations denounce environmental degradation

Two men (background, right) fish at the confluence of the Copón (foreground) and Chixoy (back) rivers, in the municipality of Ixcán, El Quiché.  Community members denounce that the Copón river has become contaminated as a result of the Palo Viejo I hydroelectric dam, upriver on the Finca San Francisco plantation [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:08+00:00 May 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

A cuatro años de la consulta comunitaria de Ixcán, comunidades y organizaciones denuncian deterioro ambiental

Dos hombres (trasfondo, mano derecha) pescan en la confluencia de los ríos Copón (primer plano, color café) y Chixoy (fondo, color azul), en el municipio de Ixcán, Quiché.  Vecinos denuncian que desde hace un año las aguas del río Copón les llegan contaminadas y alegan que el deterioro del río [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:08+00:00 May 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Thousands protest against proposed regulation of community consultations

Graham HuntOn April 29, 2011, more than 3,000 people, primarily representatives of indigenous organizations from rural areas of Guatemala, marched through the streets of the capital city to manifest once more their disapproval of current government's attempt to regulate community referenda via a proposed law presented earlier the same year.  [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:08+00:00 May 6th, 2011|Uncategorized|

A 13 años del martirio de Monseñor Gerardi

Graham Hunt*Español abajo* On April 26, 1998, two days after publicly presenting the Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica (REMHI), the interdiocesan truth commission report detailing human rights abuses committed during Guatemala's 36-year civil war, bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera was brutally assassinated in the garage of his home.  13 years [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:08+00:00 April 27th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Se intensifica rechazo de reglamento de las consultas comunitarias – Rejection of regulation of community referenda intensifies

Graham HuntOn March 23, hundreds of representatives from more than 50 municipalities that have carried out community referenda in Guatemala, articulated in the Consejo de Pueblos de Occidente (CPO) and other regional groups, took to the streets in Guatemala City to repudiate the central government's initiative to regulate community consultations, [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|

NISGUA Tour Underway! 2011 Itinerary

Listado de actividades en espanol.Our most recently updated itinerary can be found on our website www.nisgua.org. MINING AND VIOLENCE IN GUATEMALA: INDIGENOUS WOMEN RESIST2011 Speaking Tour with Tz’ununija’ Indigenous Women’s MovementMarch 28 - April 14, 2011NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY: MARCH 28-31March 28, Monday11:30am: Lunch with Community Friends in [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:08+00:00 March 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Se celebra consulta comunitaria en San Martín Chile Verde – San Martín Chile Verde celebrates community referendum

A man prepares to vote in Caserío Tui Bul. Graham HuntUn hombre se prepara para emitir su voto en el Caserío Tui Bul.On March 16, 2011, 17,849 residents of the predominantly Maya Mam municipality of San Martín "Chile Verde" Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango, added their voices to those of the roughly 600,000 [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:08+00:00 March 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Evictions in Polochic Valley Denounced

Representatives from numerous organizations held a press conference on March 18 to denounce human rights violations committed during the eviction of hundreds of rural Maya Q'eqchi' families in the Polochic Valley, in the department of Alta Verapaz and to demand that the authorities halt the evictions.   The organizations addressed a [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:09+00:00 March 20th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Denuncian desalojos del Valle del Polochic, Alta Verapaz

Representantes de diversas organizaciones sociales dieron una conferencia de prensa el 18 de marzo de 2011, para denunciar las violaciones de derechos humanos cometidas esta semana y para exigir que se detengan los desalojos de comunidades campesinas q'eqchi's en la región del Valle del Polochic, departamento de Alta Verapaz. Dirigieron [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:09+00:00 March 19th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Violencia subraya la necesidad para una suspensión temporaria de la mina Marlin de Goldcorp

En la siguiente carte dirigida a las autoridades Guatemalecas y Goldcorp Inc., la Coalición en contra la Minería Injusta de Guatemala (CAMIGUA) expresa su profunda preocupación en relación a los informes sobre la violencia ocurrida el 28 de febrero de 2011 en la municipalidad de San Miguel Ixtahuacán. CAMIGUA entiende [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:09+00:00 March 9th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Violence Near Goldcorp Mine in Guatemala Underscores Need for Mine Suspension

In the following letter to Guatemalan authorities and Goldcorp Inc., the Coalition Against Unjust Mining in Guatemala (CAMIGUA) expresses its profound concern following reports of violence in the municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacán. CAMIGUA believes that the recent incident underscores an urgent need for the Guatemalan government to fully implement [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:09+00:00 March 9th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Comunicado urgente de preocupación para la seguridad de los defensores y defensoras de San Miguel Ixtahuacan en protesta pacifica

TAKE ACTION through Amnesty International Guatemala 28 de febrero de 2011La Red de Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala Collectif GuatemalaBreaking the SilenceRights ActionComunicado urgente de preocupación para la seguridad de los defensores y defensoras de San Miguel Ixtahuacan en protesta pacificaDenunciamos las violaciones de derechos humanos y abusos cometidos [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:09+00:00 March 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Urgent concern for safety of human rights defenders of San Miguel Ixtahuacán following peaceful protests

TAKE ACTION through Amnesty International Guatemala 28 February 2011The Network in Solidarity with the People of GuatemalaCollectif GuatemalaBreaking the SilenceRights ActionUrgent concern for safety of human rights defenders of San Miguel Ixtahuacán following peaceful protests We denounce the human rights violations and abuses committed today against peaceful protesters in San [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 March 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Jennifer Harbury releases evidence in Bamaca case – Jennifer Harbury divulga pruebas en caso Bamaca

Jennifer Harbury speaks to the press. Graham HuntJennifer Harbury da declaraciones a la prensa.On Tuesday, February 22, 2010, following the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's February 11 decision to suspend the reopening of investigations regarding the 1992 forced disappearance of her husband, guerrilla commander Efraín Bamaca, Jennifer Harbury released to the Guatemalan [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 February 26th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Olintepeque celebrates preventive community referendum – Olintepeque celebra consulta comunitaria preventiva

A view of the Xequijel river, in Olintepeque, Quetzaltenango. Graham HuntUna Vista del Río Xequijel, en Olintepeque, Quetzaltenango.On February 20, 1524, Tecún Umán, last king of the K'iché nation, was killed in battle against the Spanish conquerors.  487 years later to the day, citizens of the municipality of Olintepeque, the [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 February 25th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Citizens of San Juan Ostuncalco reject mining – Ciudadanos de San Jan Ostuncalco rechazan minería

San Juan Ostuncalco's central plaza on the morning of the referendum.  Graham HuntLa plaza central de San Juan Ostuncalco en la mañana de la consulta.On February 18, 2011, in the 49th good faith community referendum celebrated in Guatemala, 33,428 men, women, and children rejected all mining exploration and exploitation in [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 February 25th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Remembering Oscar David Hernández Quiroa – Recordando a Oscar David Hernández Quiroa

Graham HuntOn February 23, 1984, at approximately 5:45 PM, Oscar David Hernández Quiroa, electromechanic at the headquarters of the Volunteer Firefighters, was ambushed in central Guatemala City by twelve armed men traveling in three vehicles.  Wounded by gunfire, he was forced into one of the vehicles and never seen again, [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 February 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Comunitarios exigen captura de Maynor Padilla – Community members demand capture of Maynor Padilla

Angélica Choc. Graham HuntOn December 9, 2010, a group of community members from El Estor, Izabal, among them eye-witnesses of the September 27, 2009 assassination of Adolfo Ich Chamán, gathered before the Crimes Against Activists Unit of the Human Rights Section of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Guatemala City.  Inside, [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 December 11th, 2010|Uncategorized|

ADH send statements on the murder of Emilia Quan: ADH manda comunicados sobre el asesinato de Emilia Quan

Emilia Quan The ADH delegation currently in Cancún for the climate justice activities taking place here, received sad news from back home in Huehuetenango: the murder of Emilia Quan, an investigator with CEDFOG (Center for Studies and Documentation of the Western Border of Guatemala).   Emilia Quan and another CEDFOG employee, [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 December 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Interview with ADH representative in Cancún: Entrevista con representante de la ADH en Cancún

Today Francisco Mateo Morales spoke as a representative of the Assembly of Huehuetenango (ADH) in a Climate Dialogue panel about the position of indigenous peoples on the issue of climate change.  A delegation of members of the ADH has been participating in the alternative social movement activities organized in response [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 December 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|

March on Cancún: Marcha en Cancún!!

The Assembly of Huehuetenango (ADH) and Climate Dialogue took to the streets today to bring the message of the forums into downtown Cancún!La Asamblea de Huehuetenango (ADH) y el Diálogo Climático se fueron a las calles para traer el mensaje de los foros al pueblo de Cancún!No Biofuels!  No False [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:10+00:00 December 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Choc family initiates legal process against Canadian mining company for assassination of Adolfo Ich Chamán – Familia Choc inicia proceso legal en contra de compañía minera canadiense por el asesinato de Adolfo Ich Chamán

On December 1, 2010, Angélica Choc announced the initiation of legal proceedings against the Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its Guatemalan subsidiary, Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel S.A. (CGN), for their indirect responsibility in the September 27, 2009 murder of Angélica's husband, Adolfo Ich Chamán, at the hands of [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:11+00:00 December 7th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Communities present results of referenda – Comunidades presentan resultados de consultas

Representatives of the municipality of Cabricán prepare banners for the march to the Congress. Graham HuntRepresentantes del municipio de Cabricán arman pancartas para la marcha al Congreso. On Monday, November 29, representatives of the municipalities of Cabricán, Santa Cruz del Quiché, and Uspantán submitted to the Congress, the Ministry of [...]

2017-11-25T19:37:11+00:00 December 7th, 2010|Uncategorized|