Accompanier Perspectives: Ixil

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 and highlights the disturbing parallels between the war crimes committed against the Guatemalan Ixil civilian population and actions by the Trump administration. This is particularly [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 Guatemala. La decisión fue anunciada la semana pasada y permite el avance de la demanda por negligencia y agresión física que interpusieron los siete guatemaltecos [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 for seven Guatemalan men, shot and injured in 2013 while peacefully protesting the Canadian company’s Escobal silver project, to proceed toward trial in their suit [...]

By | January 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

La elección de Donald Trump y nuestro compromiso al internacionalismo

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 que la próxima época tendrá en las comunidades del sur, por quienes han luchado durante siglos por la autodeterminación, justicia, y dignidad. Mientras analizamos las [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

  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 Promoción y Desarrollos Hídricos, Sociedad Anónima (PDH, S.A). Meses antes de esta movilización, las comunidades realizaron diferentes gestiones ante las autoridades municipales, departamentales y nacionales [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 protester, Sebastián Alonso Juan. Several national and international organizations published a response, repudiating the brutal attack against peaceful protesters that ultimately led to Juan's death. Below [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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

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 CC: Embajada de los EEUU y Embajada de Canadá 20 de diciembre del 2016 Re: Bufete legal de derechos humanos y del medio ambiente busca [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CALAS seeks increased security measures after staff member is murdered

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 attacks against the organization, including the murder of a member of the staff. Read more about the recent attacks here and the full letter below.  [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Las Dos Erres massacre case advances with a new trial

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 of the plaintiffs in the case. Follow us on Twitter for regular updates. “The massacre of Dos Erres marked me for my entire life,” said [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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, but also upheld the rights of displaced communities to return to their lands. Without the political will to make many of these Accords possible, many [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments