Under Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in Guatemala

Almost from the moment Canadian-US mining company Tahoe Resources acquired the Escobal silver project from Goldcorp over five years ago, the company and the Guatemalan government have used repression, criminalization, and, ultimately, militarization to try to silence peaceful resistance to mining activities in the area. Instead of treating local residents as people peacefully defending their [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]