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

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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 people of Guatemala in the eradication of U.S. militarism in Central America. We know […]

2015 Accomplishments

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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 before take to the streets in protest.

As 2015 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the […]

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 of rights with collaboration from state and private security. Tahoe’s Escobal mine has depended on a legion of private security forces, […]

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 of the Peace Accords in 1996 facilitated the adoption of national laws and international agreements that recognized the particular rights of […]

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, inequality and elite economic interests are regularly attacked, and the impacts reverberate across communities, generations and movements. Since 1981, members […]

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 not only the livelihoods of dozens of indigenous Q’eqchí’ communities, but also the very roots of their culture. Given the […]

Xalalá Dam: Communities maintain opposition as project moves forward

The Xalalá Dam, declared a renewed national priority under Otto Pérez Molina’s administration, is now one step closer to construction. Late last year, the National Electrification Institute (INDE) bypassed the standard bidding procedure and signed a so-called “emergency contract” with Brazilian company Intertechne Consultores, S.A., to conduct the geological feasibility studies required to begin the dam […]

A historic verdict shadowed by the past

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On May 10, 2013, Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison. The conviction is the first in the world to charge an ex-head of state for genocide in the national court system of the country in which the crimes took place. This marked […]

Exercising rights: Communities Defend Territory

During the past year, conflict around Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine has intensified. So, too, has the resistance. Community leaders from San Rafael Las Flores demand that the consultations be respected where communities have voted against resource extraction activities on their lands.