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Plurinational Government clarifies facts of February 2020 incidents in Ixquisis

Dams already under construction in Ixquisis are visible from the river bank despite the communities' ongoing resistance against the imposition of mega-projects in their territories. Note of clarification: We reject all attempts to link us to supposed criminal acts On February 29, 2020, certain corporate communications media, [...]

2020-04-23T17:06:28+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Defense of life and territory, Huehuetenango|

Guatemalan National Organizations denounce NGO law

On February 14, Guatemalan Congress approved law Decree 4-2020, formerly known as Bill 5257, or the NGO Law. Guatemalan social movements  have pointed out that this initiative is antidemocratic, regressive, limits political rights, and threatens people who work in the defense of life. We are extremely worried about the impacts this [...]

Organizaciones nacionales e internacionales condenamos aprobación de ley de ONGs y urgimos el veto presidencial para garantizar derechos fundamentales

Gráfico por CEJIL, Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional. Exhortamos al presidente de la República de Guatemala a ejercer el veto presidencial sobre el Decreto 04-2020, dada la situación de grave riesgo para el ejercicio de los derechos de asociación, libertad de expresión y de [...]

2020-02-25T18:08:13+00:00February 25th, 2020|defensa del territorio, Justicia|

Gira 2020: “Movimientos Ancestrales: Territorio Indígena y Migración” con Asociación Pop No’j

A causa del brote de COVID-19, hemos decidido cancelar todas las actividades en persona de nuestra gira de 2020. Lamentamos mucho hacer este anuncio y estamos muy agradecides por todes les anfitrionas en Nuevo México, Arizona y Los Ángeles que han estado organizando y planeando eventos durante los últimos [...]

2020-04-14T16:20:15+00:00February 25th, 2020|defensa del territorio, Educación Politica, Gira|

Tour 2020: “Ancestral Movements: Indigenous Territory and Migration” with Association Pop No’j

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to cancel all in-person tour stops for our spring 2020 tour. We are sad to make this announcement and we are incredibly grateful for all those in New Mexico, Arizona, and Los Angeles who have been organizing and planning events [...]

2020-04-14T16:24:00+00:00February 25th, 2020|Defense of life and territory, Political Education, Tour|

Más de 45 organizaciones exigen libertad para el defenser Maya Chuj Julio Gómez

Julio Gómez, Maya Chuj Coordinador del Gobierno Ancestral Plurinacional local, dirigiéndose a miles de personas en el Parque Central de San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango. Fotografía por Nelton Rivera, Prensa Comunitaria Km. 169 28 de enero de 2020 Lic. María Consuelo Porras Fiscal General de la República [...]

2020-01-29T19:13:57+00:00January 29th, 2020|defensa del territorio, Huehuetenango - ESP|

Over 45 organizations demand release of Maya Chuj land defender Julio Gómez

Julio Gómez Lucas speaks before a crowd of thousands of people in San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango. Photo credit: Nelton Rivera, Prensa Comunitaria Km. 169 January 28, 2020 María Consuelo Porras Attorney General of the Republic of Guatemala Édgar Godoy Samayoa Department of the Interior Nester Mauricio [...]

2020-02-28T18:16:46+00:00January 29th, 2020|Defense of life and territory, Huehuetenango|

International Human Rights Day Statement from survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict

Survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict at their Press Conference. Photo Credit: Impunity Watch Statement on International Human Rights Day The Victims and Survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict, convened in National Assembly, declare before national and international public opinion that: 1. We publicly condemn the [...]

2020-03-28T01:35:01+00:00December 19th, 2019|Justice and accountability|

Human Rights Ombudsman makes recommendations on consultation over Escobal mine

A banner reads: "Xinkas: never conquered, eternally respected." Summary of Recommendations from Guatemala’s Human Rights Ombudsman (PDH) on the Court-Ordered Consultation over the Escobal mine A report on the status of the Constitutional Court-ordered consultation with the Xinka people over the future of the Escobal silver [...]

2020-03-28T01:37:13+00:00December 18th, 2019|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Statement: Maya Achi survivors present a complaint against Judge Claudette Dominguez for racism and discrimination

On December 5, 36 Achi women survivors of sexual violence presented a formal complaint of racism and discrimination against judge Claudette Domínguez. Previously in June, Judge Claudette Domínguez dismissed charges against three of the six ex-Civil Defense Patrollers (ex-PAC) accused of crimes against humanity and sexual violence in this [...]

2019-12-18T22:40:29+00:00December 14th, 2019|Justice and accountability|

Sisters in struggle: Indigenous Environmental Network leadership trip to Guatemala

In September, NISGUA had the honor of hosting a delegation to Guatemala for representative leaders of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). The delegation featured talks with women land defenders, cultural exchanges, and a community visit to the Chixoy River watershed. There is also so much that cannot be captured [...]

2019-12-24T21:39:57+00:00November 1st, 2019|Defense of life and territory, Delegations|

Press Release: We support the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR)

On October 17, Judge Claudette Domínguez, known for her right-wing ties and regressive decisions, was removed from the Maya Ixil genocide case against Luis Enríquez Mendoza García, who was chief of military operations under Ríos Montt Government. The plaintiffs of the case successfully proved that Judge Dominguez has a [...]

2019-11-07T17:15:18+00:00October 28th, 2019|Justice and accountability|

CREOMPAZ case plaintiffs send an open letter to Judge Claudette Dominguez

On October 2, the First High Risk Appellate Court announced their decision to maintain Judge Claudette Domínguez in the CREOMPAZ case, despite the plaintiffs' lawyers' arguments that Judge Domínguez may have direct or indirect interest in the outcome of the case. Domínguez’ sister is an active-duty military physician and [...]

2019-10-17T22:34:13+00:00October 8th, 2019|Justice and accountability|

Solidarity Update: August 2019

News recap: After presidential elections we amplify our partners' analyses as to what they expect from the new government; we also share voices of people in resistance to U.S. Intervention along the Guatemalan border; an update on a significant case against Tahoe Resources, now owned by Pan American Silver; [...]

Accompanier Perspectives: climate change and Indigenous organizing

Accompanier Olivia Pandolfi (they/she or elle/ella) writes about climate change and indigenous resistance in Quiché, Guatemala. In the text you'll read about extractivism, linguistics, and a multiple-hour Google Earth tour of Guatemala's river systems. ————— As the nine of us sit, crowded into the small meeting room on stools and [...]

Apoya la justicia racial: Christina Reyes lanza el Fondo de Becas GAP

Una semilla de transformación y liberación se plantó hace dos años, cuando compartimos la visión de solidaridad de NISGUA y nuestro compromiso con un marco de justicia racial para toda la organización. Nos comprometimos a aumentar la participación de personas de color y camaradas de bajos ingresos / clase trabajadora [...]

2019-08-29T18:00:41+00:00August 29th, 2019|Perspectivas de lxs acompañantes|

Invest in Racial Justice: Christina Reyes launches GAP Scholarship Fund

A seed of transformation and liberation was planted two years ago, when we shared NISGUA’s vision for solidarity and our commitment to an organization-wide racial justice framework. We committed to increasing participation of People of Color and low income/working class comrades in the Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP). Your donations [...]

2019-08-22T17:04:10+00:00August 20th, 2019|Accompanier Perspectives|

Solidarity Update: July 2019

News Recap: Huehuetenango communities march against militarization, Escalation of tension, threats and defamation against the peaceful resistance to mining in Mataquescuintla, NISGUA Oakland takes action for immigrant justice on Amazon Prime Day, Thank you Becky, David, and Martha; welcome Claire, Meredith, Rafael, and Sarasuadi!