5 July, 2017

Solidarity Update: July 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:49+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

News recap: Ixil communities celebrate ancestral resistance during the Day of Dignity; Land defender Angélica Choc appeals the acquittal of Mynor Padilla, accused of murdering her husband; Communities fighting to protect the Oxec and Cahabón Rivers denounce decision by Constitutional Court; On World Environment Day, the IACHR calls for the protection [...]

4 July, 2017

Our commitment to racial justice

2017-12-08T22:02:41+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Grassroots gatherings, NISGUA statement|

*Racial justice is essential to solidarity work* *Internationalism and the instructive resilience and courage of 500 years of resistance to colonialism and imperialism are essential to local struggles for justice in the U.S.* *We must work towards liberation in our solidarity movement* The Power of a Racial Justice Framework [...]

4 July, 2017

Sí a la vida! Las comunidades del Ixcán conmemoran 10 años desde la consulta de buena fe que dijo ‘no’ a la extracción de recursos

2018-01-17T15:38:09+00:00 July 4th, 2017|comunicado de contraparte, defensa del territorio, Español|

Hace diez años, las comunidades del Ixcán practicaron sus tradiciones y derechos ancestrales como pueblos indígenas, celebrando una consulta de buena fe en el municipio donde 89.7% de las y los 21.555 participantes votaron en contra de permitir que las empresas extractivas ingresaran a sus territorios. El 20 de [...]

27 June, 2017

Immediately following police violence on Thursday, community members return to peaceful encampment in Casillas

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

On Thursday, June 22, riot police used tear gas to disperse communities protesting the negative impacts of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. For three weeks, representatives from six municipalities neighboring the mine have maintained a peaceful encampment along the highway in the town of Casillas, 15 kilometers from the entrance to [...]

26 June, 2017

Los miembros de la comunidad regresan a un campamento pacífico en Casillas, inmediatamente después de la violencia policial el jueves

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

El jueves 22 de junio, la policía antidisturbios utilizó gases lacrimógenos para dispersar a las comunidades que protestaban contra los impactos negativos del proyecto minero Escobal de Tahoe Resources. Durante tres semanas, representantes de seis municipios vecinos han tomado la decisión de detener sólo el tráfico relacionado con la empresa [...]

23 June, 2017

Police use violence against community members during a peaceful demonstration against Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Since June 7, communities have maintained a 24-hour encampment along the highway in the municipality of Casillas, 15 kilometers from the Escobal mine of U.S.-Canadian company Tahoe Resources. Blocking only mine-related traffic, they are denouncing the negative impacts they experience on a daily basis since Tahoe Resources came to the [...]

21 June, 2017

Statement from the peaceful resistance to Tahoe’s Escobal mine, currently blocking mine-related traffic in Casillas

2017-06-22T18:17:45+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

For more than five years, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have opposed the project operating in their territories. Through 18 community and municipal referenda, multiple legal actions, and different sits-ins, encampments, and protests, impacted communities continue to show that Tahoe Resources has no social license for its project. [...]

20 June, 2017

Solidarity Update: Special focus on Tahoe Resources

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

News recap: A strong grassroots movement continues to resist Tahoe Resources; Six police officers tasked with the custody of Tahoe's former head of security found guilty on charges related to his escape; Supreme Court of Canada gives way for Tahoe Resources to face civil suit in Canada for violence; Youth activist [...]

15 June, 2017

Communities maintain peaceful demonstration in protest of negative impacts of Tahoe Resources’ mine in Guatemala

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Featured photo credit: Jorge Tobías Pineda Herrera Since June 7, 2017, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have maintained a 24-hour peaceful protest of mine-related traffic. They are denouncing the constant tremors they believe are the result of mining activities, the constant heavy truck traffic, and the [...]

15 June, 2017

Demanda contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá obtiene visto bueno para ir a juicio, se considera la punta del iceberg con respecto a riesgos

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

12 de junio de 2017 (Ottawa/Oakland/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington D.C.) El lunes se emitió una alerta para inversionistas advirtiendo que los históricos desarrollos con respecto a la demanda contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá es tan sólo uno de los indicadores de serios riesgos en relación a su mina argentífera Escobal en Guatemala. El [...]

12 June, 2017

Lawsuit against Tahoe Resources cleared for trial in Canada, ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ with regard to risks 

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

June 12, 2017 (Ottawa/Oakland/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington D.C.) An investor alert released today warns that historic developments in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources in Canada is just one indicator of serious risks surrounding its Escobal silver mine in Guatemala. On Thursday, June 8th, the Supreme Court of Canada denied Tahoe Resources leave to [...]

8 June, 2017

Six police officers on duty when former head of security for Escobal mine fled house arrest sentenced to multiple years in prison

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Featured photo credit: CALAS With files from the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network.  On June 1, Guatemala trial Judge Verónica Ruíz convicted six members of the National Civil Police for breach of duty. All six officers were responsible for the custody of Alberto Rotondo Dall’orso, former head of security for [...]

31 May, 2017

Se solicita a la Comisión de Valores de Columbia Británica investigar a minera por no revelar información sustancial a inversionistas

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Comunicado de Prensa (CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA/OAKLAND/TORONTO/OTTAWA/TATAMAGOUCHE) – Mientras en los tribunales de Columbia Británica avanza una demanda civil contra Tahoe Resources por violencia es su mina Escobal en Guatemala, organizaciones de derechos humanos instan a reguladores de la Superintendencia de la Bolsa de Valores de la provincia de Columbia Británica, [...]

31 May, 2017

British Columbia Securities Commission Asked to Investigate Mining Company’s Failure to Disclose Material Facts to Investors

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP) – Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) – Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) – MiningWatch Canada – Diocesan Committee in Defense of Nature (CODIDENA) (Guatemala City/Oakland/Toronto/Ottawa/Tatamagouche) – While a civil lawsuit moves forward in British Columbia courts against Tahoe Resources [...]

25 May, 2017

Solidarity Update: May 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

News recap: Motions filed against former Constitutional Court judges for breach of duty in overturning the genocide verdict; Ríos Montt to stand trial for genocide for his role in the Dos Erres massacre; Accompanier perspective: "As You Come Home: Immigration, Reunion, and the Continuity of Power"; Thousands respond to action [...]

24 May, 2017

Movements resisting resource extraction are being met with targeted violence

2017-11-25T19:35:52+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Over the last several decades, transnational resource extraction companies have flocked to Central America. Licenses to construct hydroelectric dams, exploit minerals, or build the necessary infrastructure to make these types of projects possible are being granted by national governments in the region at an alarming rate. With little transparency, no [...]

17 May, 2017

Más de 2.900 personas de 59 países distintos piden al Ministerio Publico de Guatemala que investigue el asesinato de defensora del medio ambiente

2017-11-25T19:35:52+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Comunicado de Prensa 17 de mayo de 2017 (Guatemala / Oakland, CA / Tatamagouche, NS) - El miércoles se entregó una carta al Ministerio Público de Guatemala en nombre de más de 2.900 personas que solicitaban una investigación inmediata y exhaustiva del asesinato de Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, de 16 años, [...]

17 May, 2017

More than 2900 concerned individuals from 59 countries ask Guatemalan Public Prosecutor’s Office to investigate murder of environmental defender

2017-11-25T19:35:52+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Press release May 17, 2017 (Guatemala/Oakland, CA/Tatamagouche, NS) -- On Wednesday, a letter was delivered to the Public Prosecutor’s office in Guatemala on behalf of more than 2,900 people requesting an immediate and thorough investigation into the murder of 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso Pacheco and the attacks against her father, Alex [...]

5 May, 2017

Yes to life! Communities in the Ixcán commemorate 10 years since the referendum that said ‘no’ to resource extraction

2017-12-11T10:47:12+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Xalalá Dam|

Ten years ago, community members from the Ixcán exercised their ancestral traditions and rights as indigenous peoples, holding a municipality-wide community referendum in which 89.7% of the 21,555 participants in the referendum voted against allowing resource extraction companies into their territories. On April 20, 2017, Ixcán communities celebrated 10 [...]

30 April, 2017

Solidarity Update: April 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:52+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

Photo credit: Roderico Díaz. News recap: Honoring the life of Miguel Ramírez Matóm, witness in the Ixil genocide trial; Take action: Denounce impunity for attacks against environmental defenders; Communities in the Ixcán commemorate 10 years since the referendum that said ‘no’ to resource extraction; Announcing our fall tour: "Guatemala youth in defense of [...]

31 March, 2017

One Year Later: Berta Lives, COPINH Continues On

2017-11-25T19:35:53+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

On March 2, 2016, Berta Cáceres was assassinated in an attempt to silence her voice, bring an end her important leadership and destroy the political project and struggle of a people acting in defence of their territory. The aim was not only to do away with her, but the organization [...]

31 March, 2017

Solidarity Update: March 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:53+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Solidarity Update|

News recap: The women of Sepur Zarco celebrate one year since the verdict and continue to call for dignified reparations; La Puya celebrates five years of resistance; UC Berkeley students take action in solidarity with victims of the fire at a state-run home for youth. This and more in this month's [...]

23 March, 2017

More than a tragic accident: Guatemalan organizations denounce the fire that killed 40 teenage girls at a state-run home

2017-12-11T11:37:01+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Justice and accountability|

On International Women’s Day, March 8, a fire was set at a state home for children and youth in Guatemala, immediately killing 19 girls. Since then, at least another 21 have died as a result of their injuries and many more continue to be hospitalized. Survivors have recounted that on [...]

8 March, 2017

Report: Beyond the verdict – The importance of comprehensive reparations for the women of Sepur Zarco

2017-12-11T10:48:48+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Justice and accountability, NISGUA report, Sepur Zarco, Videos|

"This experience will be a legacy for new generations, showing that even war has limits. It is a clear message that confirms the commitment that justice and society have to human rights, to promote a much longed-for peace, and allows us as a society to advance, together with the women, [...]

27 February, 2017

One year after the emblematic verdict in the Sepur Zarco trial, the struggle for dignified reparations continues

2017-12-11T10:50:02+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Justice and accountability, Sepur Zarco|

Yesterday marked one year since former members of the Guatemalan military were found guilty for crimes against humanity committed at a military base in the eastern community of Sepur Zarco. At great personal risk, 15 Q’eqchi' women gave preliminary testimonies in 2012 where they documented in detail the violence they survived [...]

16 February, 2017

Protect Sacred Sites – Support NISGUA local action!

2017-12-11T10:51:43+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Grassroots gatherings, Political Education, Take Action|

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 [...]

15 February, 2017

Solidarity Update: February 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:54+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

Photo: Holly Sheenan.  News recap: Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Sepur Zarco verdict; Civil suit continues against the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in an attempt to cancel Las Lajitas license; Hundreds respond to calls for urgent action on the murder of environmental defender Sebastián Alonso Juan; Protect sacred sites: Respond [...]

3 February, 2017

Accompanier Perspectives: Ixil

2017-11-25T19:35:54+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives, 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 [...]

30 January, 2017

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

2018-01-17T15:36:14+00:00 January 30th, 2017|comunicado, Tahoe Resources (ESP)|

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 [...]

27 January, 2017

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

2017-12-11T11:00:39+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Press Release, Tahoe Resources|

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 [...]

23 January, 2017

Solidarity Update: January 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:55+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Solidarity Update|

Photo: Francisco Simon, Prensa Comunitaria News recap: Former Kaibil, accused of participating in Dos Erres massacre, arrested in Maryland; Elderly protester killed in the Ixquisis region, Huehuetenango; Former Guatemalan Minister of Energy and Mines arrested in Miami, awaits extradition; As Trump takes office, we stand in our commitment to internationalism. This [...]

18 January, 2017

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

2017-12-11T11:05:02+00:00 January 18th, 2017|cartas, defensa del territorio, Ixquisís|

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 [...]

17 January, 2017

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

2017-12-11T11:07:35+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Ixquisís, sign-on letters|

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, [...]

20 December, 2016

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

2017-12-11T11:09:12+00:00 December 20th, 2016|cartas, Defense of life and territory|

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 [...]

20 December, 2016

CALAS seeks increased security measures after staff member is murdered

2017-12-11T11:10:29+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, sign-on letters|

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 [...]

12 December, 2016

Las Dos Erres massacre case advances with a new trial

2017-12-11T11:12:19+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Dos Erres, Justice and accountability|

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 [...]

9 December, 2016

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

2017-12-11T11:13:18+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Tzalbal|

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 [...]