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 of which are being felt by communities the world over. Accompanied by growing political and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.