6 December, 2016

Solidarity Update: December 2016

2017-11-25T19:35:58+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Solidarity Update|

Photo: CPR Urbana News recap: Lucas García to be tried for the disappearance of Marco Antonio Molina Theissen; Staff member from the environmental justice law firm CALAS is murdered; The municipality of Mataquescuintla re-affirms 2012 referendum results that voted ‘NO’ to mining; “Guatemalan women healing towards justice” tour build U.S.-Guatemala connections in [...]

5 December, 2016

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

2017-12-11T11:13:59+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Dos Erres, Justice and accountability|

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 [...]

29 November, 2016

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

2017-12-08T21:30:36+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Political Education, Sepur Zarco, Tour|

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 [...]

21 November, 2016

Oakland event builds solidarity across movements for gender justice

2017-12-11T11:18:22+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Justice and accountability, Sepur Zarco, Tour|

As part of NISGUA’s 2016 tour, “Guatemalan women healing towards justice: the case of Sepur Zarco,” Bay Area organizers brought together community and clinical psychologists working in trauma and healing to discuss the connections between militarism and sexual violence and strategies for resilience and solidarity. The event, “Memory and [...]

16 November, 2016

Mataquescuintla reaffirms its commitment to uphold the results of the 2012 consultation that rejected mining

2017-12-11T11:19:54+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Community Referendum, Defense of life and territory|

Four years ago, residents of the southeastern Guatemalan municipality of Mataquescuintla held a municipal referendum in which 98.42% of participants voted against the presence of resource extraction projects in their territories. This past Friday, the municipality re-affirmed its commitment to uphold that decision and continue to stand up against [...]

16 November, 2016

Murder of Young Assistant from Guatemalan Environmental Organization is Evidence of Escalating Risk to Human Rights Defenders

2017-12-11T11:21:33+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Press Release, Tahoe Resources|

November 16, 2016 (Ottawa/Toronto/Vancouver/Reno/Washington/Guatemala) North American organizations are dismayed and deeply troubled by the execution-style murder of 22 year-old Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima, assistant to the director of the Guatemalan Centre for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS), on Saturday in Guatemala City. A group of Canadian and US [...]

14 November, 2016

CALAS denounces the murder of colleague Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima

2017-12-11T11:23:10+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, translation|

The Center for Environmental and Social Legal Action of Guatemala (CALAS) denounces the murder of Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima, assistant to the General Director Yuri Melini. Below is the translated urgent action and original statement in Spanish.  CALAS - Urgent Action Public Statement MURDER of JEREMY ABRAHAM BARRIOS LIMA [...]

8 November, 2016

Community members protest damage to homes near Tahoe Resources’ mine, fear violent reprisal

2017-12-11T11:24:13+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tahoe Resources|

The following article was written in collaboration with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, MiningWatch Canada, and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. In February 2016 houses in the village of La Cuchilla in the municipality of San Rafael Las [...]

1 November, 2016

Carta pública a las autoridades hondureñas sobre el reciente caso de expulsión de un defensor internacional de derechos humanos

2017-12-11T11:24:58+00:00 November 1st, 2016|cartas|

Las organizaciones firmantes expresamos nuestra preocupación y condena por la detención y expulsión de un defensor de los derechos humanos al ingresar en Honduras el día 25 de octubre de 2016. Respetados Señores y Señoras. El martes 25 de octubre a las 9:00 am el defensor de derechos humanos [...]

1 November, 2016

Guatemalans appeal case against Tahoe Resources in Canadian court

2017-12-11T11:25:59+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Press Release, Tahoe Resources|

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) - Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) - Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) Today, the British Columbia Court of Appeals in Vancouver, Canada will revisit a procedural motion in the case of seven [...]

21 October, 2016

Committee for Reparations for La Cuchilla denounce cracks in houses from explosions at the Escobal mine

2017-12-11T11:26:42+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Mining resistance, Tahoe Resources, translation|

Community members from La Cuchilla in the municipality of San Rafael las Flores are concerned about major cracks in the foundation of their houses that have developed since Tahoe Resources' began mining operations at the neighboring Escobal mine. They claim that the cracks are due to explosions and an increase [...]

20 October, 2016

“We march because where there is militarization, there is sexual violence”

2017-12-08T21:21:20+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Justice and accountability, Sepur Zarco, Tour|

Maudí Tzay joins hundreds of activists in denouncing ongoing U.S. militarization at this year’s SOA Watch Convergence This year’s tour, “Guatemalan women healing towards justice: the case of Sepur Zarco,” kicked off at the U.S.-Mexico border, together with hundreds of other activists at the annual School of the Americas Watch [...]

7 October, 2016

Solidarity Update: October 2016

2017-11-25T19:36:00+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Solidarity Update|

News recap: “Guatemalan women healing towards justice” tour kicks off this weekend at the border; Alliance for Prosperity means more of the same U.S. foreign policy towards Central America; Xamán massacre will be prosecuted in Inter-American Court; The home of human rights defender Angelica Choc attacked amidst advances in criminal trial. This [...]

3 October, 2016

Comunidades campesinas e xincas en resistencia al proyecto extractiva de biomasa

2017-12-11T11:28:53+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|defensa del territorio, Español|

Más de 30 comunidades xincas y campesinas de los municipios de Quesada y Jutiapa, ubicados en el suroriente de Guatemala, están en resistencia a un proyecto energético de biomasa, lo cuál propone la quema de árboles de eucaliptos para generar luz eléctrica. Representantes de las comunidades se han formado un plantón en resistencia, [...]

3 October, 2016

Extended interview with Guatemalan psychologist, Maudi Tzay on the Sepur Zarco case

2017-12-11T11:31:58+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Interview, Sepur Zarco, Tour|

In the lead-up to the “Guatemalan women healing towards justice: the case of Sepur Zarco,"  NISGUA sat down with Maudi Tzay, a community psychologist with ECAP, to talk about the Sepur Zarco trial, community processes of healing, and the important work women survivors are doing as they seek justice [...]

3 October, 2016

Entrevista con Maudi Tzay, ECAP

2017-12-11T11:30:53+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Entrevista, Gira, Sepur Zarco (ESP)|

NISGUA habló con Maudi Tzay, una psicóloga comunitaria con el Equipo de Estudios  Comunitarios y Acción Psicosocial (ECAP), sobre el caso de Sepur Zarco y el papel integral de los procesos de sanación en los movimientos por la justicia transicional.  Entre el 7 - 10 de octubre, Maudi recorrerá a [...]

29 September, 2016

Solidaridad internacional con defensoras y todos quienes defienden el agua, la tierra, la vida y el territorio

2017-12-11T11:33:04+00:00 September 29th, 2016|cartas, defensa del territorio|

29 de septiembre de 2016 Las organizaciones que suscriben expresamos nuestra profunda solidaridad con Angélica Choc y su familia luego de los disparos que recibió su vivienda el viernes 16 de septiembre de 2016. El atentado sucedió pasada la medianoche cuando impactaron cuatro balas en los muros de la [...]

27 September, 2016

Indigenous Xinca and campesino communities stand in resistance to extractive biomass project

2017-12-11T11:33:48+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Defense of life and territory|

More than 30 Xinca and campesino communities from the municipalities of Quesada and Jutiapa in southeastern Guatemala are resisting a biomass energy plant that will burn eucalyptus trees for electricity. Representatives from the communities have formed a resistance camp, maintaining a constant present at two different entrances to the project site [...]

26 September, 2016

Hundreds sign on to Solidarity Statement with Women Defenders and All Defending Water, Land, Life and Territory

2017-12-11T11:34:49+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, sign-on letters|

International Solidarity with Women Defenders and All Defending Water, Land, Life and Territory September 29, 2016 We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with Angelica Choc and family after gunshots were fired against her home on Friday, September 16, 2016. The attack occurred just after midnight. Four bullets impacted the walls [...]

21 September, 2016

Guatemalan community psychologist Maudi Tzay to speak across the U.S. on the historic case of Sepur Zarco, winning justice for women survivors of state-sanctioned sexual violence in Guatemala

2017-12-11T11:36:08+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Press Release, Sepur Zarco, Tour|

MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: David Imhoff, (510) 763-1403, david@nisgua.org Event Details: U.S. Speaking Tour to visit AZ, TX, CA, OR, and WA, October 7-24 (Guatemala City/Oakland, CA): Maudi Tzay, a Guatemalan community psychologist with the Community Research and Psychosocial Action Team (ECAP), will tour the United States in October to [...]

21 September, 2016

Comunicado: Psicóloga comunitaria guatemalteca, Maudi Tzay, dará charlas en los EE.UU. acerca del caso histórico de Sepur Zarco, un paso adelante para las sobrevivientes de la violencia sexual estatal en Guatemala.

2017-12-11T11:39:17+00:00 September 21st, 2016|comunicado, Gira, Sepur Zarco (ESP)|

Comunicado Contacto: David Imhoff (510) 763 - 1403, david@nisgua.org Gira de charlas en los EE.UU. visitará a AZ, TX, CA, OR y WA, 7-24 de octubre (Ciudad de Guatemala/Oakland, CA): Maudi Tzay, una psicóloga comunitaria con el Equipo de Estudios  Comunitarios y Acción Psicosocial (ECAP), recorrerá a los Estados [...]

20 September, 2016

Saying “NO” to proposed parking lot on Mission Peak Ohlone cultural site

2017-12-11T13:12:19+00:00 September 20th, 2016|NISGUA statement, Political Education, Take Action|

NISGUA's Oakland office and staff are guests on Ohlone land in California. On September 20, we responded to call to stand with the local Ohlone community in saying no to a proposed parking lot on Mission Peak. NISGUA spoke out at the public hearing and filed a letter (below), urging the [...]

8 September, 2016

Plan Alianza para la Prosperidad del Triángulo Norte – Entrevista con Fernando Solis, el Observador

2017-12-11T13:13:52+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Entrevista|

Mientras que los EEUU promueva el Plan Alianza para la Prosperidad del Triángulo Norte – asignando $750 millones sólo en este año fiscal – NISGUA se entrevistó a Fernando Solis, editor y analista político para El Observador, para obtener su punto de vista sobre el Plan, sus objetivos y quienes [...]

26 August, 2016

Solidarity Update: August 2016

2017-11-25T19:36:02+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Solidarity Update|

News recap: National and international human rights defenders threatened as transitional justice advances; Communities celebrate the release of political prisoners from Huehuetenango; SEC complaint says Tahoe Resources failed to disclose widespread opposition to Escobal silver mine. This and more in this month's Solidarity Update.

26 August, 2016

Public declaration of the Maya Q’eqchi’ of Los Copones, Ixcán, Quiché

2017-12-11T13:15:08+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, translation|

The following is a translated statement made by the Maya Q'eqchi' authorities from Los Copones, Ixcán on August 13, 2016, to mark the third anniversary of the State recognition of their rights as indigenous peoples. NISGUA, through ACOGUATE, has accompanied many community members from Los Copones since 2006, as they [...]

26 August, 2016

Caravan traveling to Huehuetenango celebrates the freedom of ancestral and community authorities

2017-12-11T13:17:14+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Political Prisoners|

On July 30, 2016, seven ancestral and community authorities from northern Huehuetenango began their journey back home after being held as political prisoners. All of the men were held for over a year – one for over three – on charges related to community protests opposing hydroelectric dams imposed [...]

12 August, 2016

ADH Statement on the International Day of Indigenous Peoples

2017-12-11T13:22:00+00:00 August 12th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Political Prisoners, translation|

The following is a statement made by the Departmental Assembly of the Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH) on the International Day of Indigenous Peoples. For the original statement by the ADH, click here. Translation by NISGUA. The Departmental Assembly of the Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH) August 12, 2016 To mark the [...]

11 August, 2016

US Securities and Exchange Commission asked to investigate mining company’s failure to disclose secret lawsuits

2017-12-11T13:28:45+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Press Release, Tahoe Resources|

News Release August 11, 2016 (GUATEMALA CITY/OAKLAND/TORONTO) - The US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is being asked to investigate a Canadian mining company with offices in Reno, Nevada and operations in Guatemala. The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP), based in Canada, will submit a thirty-five-page report on [...]

11 August, 2016

Se pide a la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores de Estados Unidos que se investigue la no revelación de juicios secretos de una compañía minera canadiense

2018-01-17T15:36:50+00:00 August 11th, 2016|comunicado, Tahoe Resources (ESP)|

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA Se pide a la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores de Estados Unidos que se investigue la no revelación de juicios secretos de una compañía minera canadiense 11 de agosto de 2016 (GUATEMALA/OAKLAND/TORONTO) – La Comisión de Bolsa y Valores de Estados Unidos (SEC) recibirá una petición [...]

7 July, 2016

Organizations call for full investigation into murder of Daniel Choc Pop (CCDA)

2017-12-11T13:32:17+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, sign-on letters|

Jimmy Morales Cabrera, President of the Republic of Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, Attorney General and Head of the Public Prosecutor's Office Carlos Moran, Secretary for Agrarian Affairs - SAA Mario Estuardo Mendez Cobar, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food - MAGA Francisco Rivas Lara, Minister of the Interior General Manager, [...]

6 July, 2016

Trial opens against political prisoners from Huehuetenango

2017-12-11T13:34:13+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Political Prisoners, translation|

Today marks the opening of the trial against seven land defenders from northern Huehuetenango, all of whom have been held in pretrial detention as political prisoners for over a year. All seven are being accused of crimes that allegedly took place during community protests against the imposition of hydroelectric [...]

6 July, 2016

Guatemalans Demand Answers from Distastefully-Named Gunpoint Exploration

2017-12-11T13:36:06+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Mining resistance, Press Release|

News Release: Source: Mining Watch Canada - Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) (Ottawa/Guatemala City) Today, a letter from Guatemalans living in the vicinity of Gunpoint Exploration’s ‘El Escorpión’ project was sent to the company raising concerns about inadequate disclosure in company filings, particularly considering overwhelming results [...]

5 July, 2016

Solidarity Update: July 2016

2017-11-25T19:36:04+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Solidarity Update|

News recap: Psychologist Maudi Tzay joins NISGUA this fall on tour in the United States; Eight former military to stand trial for charges in the CREOMPAZ case; Urban activists return to Central Square for the Day for Heroes and Martyrs; Seven political prisoners from Huehuetenango go to trial. This and [...]