Forced Disappearance: Resilience and creativity in the defense of memory and search for justice

450 chairs are set up in Guatemala City on June 30, 2017 to commemorate the 45,000 people disappeared by the Guatemalan military. Credit: CPR Urbana. Photo: Faces of [...]

In Defense of Land

In defense of land: Environmental defenders on the frontlines of the global struggle for community self-determination and respect for the Earth The Earth is in the midst of an unprecedented ecological crisis, the impacts [...]

No to the militarization of communities and borders. Yes to self-determination!


No to militarization of communities and borders. Yes to community self-determination! As the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), we believe that all of us have shared stakes with the [...]

CREOMPAZ: The biggest case of forced disappearance in Latin America

CREOMPAZ: The largest case of forced disappearance in Latin America On January 6, 2016, 14 former military officers were arrested on charges of forced disappearance and crimes against humanity based on evidence uncovered [...]

Sepur Zarco: first-ever conviction for sexual and domestic slavery

Sepur Zarco: Q’eqchi’ women set a precedent in Guatemala with first-ever conviction for sexual and domestic slavery In 2012, Doña Mariana*, along with 14 other women, testified to having survived sexual and domestic [...]

2015 Accomplishments


This year, we witnessed incredible movements for change in Guatemala. In the face of rampant corruption, new alliances emerged across broad sectors of civil society, while massive mobilizations against impunity saw more people than ever [...]

Tahoe on Trial: Communities rise up to defend land and life

When Tahoe Resources bought the rights to the Escobal project from Goldcorp Inc. in 2009, it acquired more than a silver mine. The Canadian and U.S.-owned company also acquired Goldcorp’s legacy of imposition and violation [...]

Commemorating 10 years of community consultations in defense of land and life

A Guatemalan movement for self-determination using ancestral organizing against resource extraction and exploitation. For generations, indigenous communities in Guatemala have held consultations to make decisions on issues affecting their people and their lands. While the signing [...]

The Power of Presence: Reflections from 20+ years of accompaniment

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La vida es lucha. Life is struggle. For many Guatemalan human rights defenders, activists and community leaders, struggling to defend their rights is a fact of life. Those who bravely stand up against war, political violence, [...]

The Xalalá Dam: A comprehensive timeline

Since the early 1970s, the construction of the Xalalá Dam has been a recurring priority for the Guatemalan government. Slated for construction in the Ixcán region of north-central Guatemala, the proposed project threatens to destroy [...]