Statement by the Mesoamerican Movement in Resistance to the Extractivist Model (M4) on state-regulated consultations

Español abajo.  The peoples that form part of M4 who resist the capitalist and extractive model and are working towards social transformation DECLARE In Guatemala City’s historic center, on November 15, 16 and 17, we met to discuss and analyze current efforts to regulate prior consultation of our [...]

2018-12-12T18:09:06+00:00November 29th, 2018|partner statement|

Xinka Parliament denounces illegalities as court-ordered consultation process begins

The following article was co-written by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, Earthworks, and NISGUA. On November 19, 2018, the Xinka Parliament held a press conference to denounce the malicious behaviour of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), and [...]

2018-11-20T14:08:48+00:00November 20th, 2018|partner statement, Tahoe Resources|

Survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict Denounce Current Remilitarization

This morning, survivors of the internal armed conflict held a press conference to denounce remilitarization under President Jimmy Morales' government and call for the renewal of the mandate for the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Since Jimmy Morales, surrounded by soldiers, held a press conference on August [...]

2018-09-13T20:58:15+00:00September 13th, 2018|partner statement, translation|

Organizations in defense of territory denounce violence against their communities

Late Sunday night, around 10:30PM, father and daughter activists involved in the resistance against Tahoe Resources' Escobal Mine, Edwin Alex Reynoso and Merilyn Topacio Reynoso, were attacked by unknown suspects. Alex and Topacio were on their way home from Matequescuintla after attending an activity there. Topacio was shot and [...]

Guatemalan organization express their solidarity with Yassmín Barrios

  OUR SUPPORT FOR THE DIGNITY AND PROFESSIONALISM of HONORABLE JUDGE YASSMÍN BARRIOS To the people of Guatemala and to the international community, we express our total indignation of the decision emitted by the ethics tribunal of the Guatemalan Bar Association that attempts to penalize Judge Yassmín Barrios Aguilar. [...]

2018-01-12T08:57:44+00:00April 9th, 2014|Genocide Trial, partner statement, translation|

ADH expresses solidarity with Santa Cruz Barillas political prisoners

We demand liberty for our leaders; they have not committed crimes Photo: ADH Departmental Assembly of Huehuetenango Communiqué in Solidarity with the Civil Society Movement of Santa Cruz Barillas Today, March 4, 2014, we attended two hearings in which the cases would be presented of six leaders from Santa [...]

2018-01-12T09:04:07+00:00March 5th, 2014|partner statement, Political Prisoners, translation|

ACODET denounces attempt to militarize communities opposing Xalalá dam

According to a secret contract signed between Guatemala's National Electrification Institute (INDE) and Brazilian Intertechne Consultores S.A., geological studies necessary to begin construction on the Xalalá dam are to begin in March 2014. Communities organized in defense of territory, who have opposed the dam's construction for years, denounced the [...]

2018-01-12T09:05:52+00:00March 3rd, 2014|partner statement, Xalalá Dam|

Organizations denounce high court decision to remove Attorney General Paz y Paz

Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz Photo: Ministerio Público Last week Guatemala's Constitutional Court (CC) emitted a provisional ruling stating that Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz should end her term in May 2014, seven months before schedule. Friday, the CC dismissed an appeal by Paz y Paz [...]

ADH denounces World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank

The Departmental Assembly of Huehuetenango in Defense of Territory and for the Autonomy and Free Determination of the People – ADH – informs the national and international community: During 1981, 1982, 1983, the Guatemalan Army massacred the Achí communities that lived on the banks of the Chixoy River; 444 [...]

Communities denounce forced labor in San Miguel Ixtahuacán

CALAS and Plurijul denounce mayor of San Miguel Ixtahuacán Photo: Breaking the Silence Press Conference Communiqué Article 4 of the political constitution of the Republic of Guatemala establishes that no person can be subjected to servitude or any other condition which undermines their dignity. On January 8, 2014, five [...]

ADH statement in solidarity with Barillas political prisoners and the people of Sipakapa

On January 14, the people of Sipakapa joined together to take action in denouncing the granting of the Los Chocoyos mining exploration license to Goldcorp Inc. Earlier this month, the Sipakapa Maya Council, together with the Western People's Council (CPO), filed a legal complaint against the Ministry of Energy [...]

Survivors submit complaint against Guatemalan state for denial of justice in genocide case

Genocide survivors submit a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington DC on November 6, 2013. Photo: AJR INTERNATIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST THE GUATEMALAN STATE FOR DENIAL OF JUSTICE IN THE GENOCIDE CASE Washington D.C., November 6, 2013 - Today, survivors of the Guatemalan genocide, along with [...]

2018-01-12T09:31:00+00:00November 7th, 2013|AJR, partner statement, translation|

“No Impunity! No Amnesty!”: Organizations react to news of CC ruling

Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre splashed "CC brings José Efraín Ríos Montt closer to amnesty" across its front page headlines, with the corresponding article publishing excerpts of a leaked ruling issued by the Constitutional Court. Plaintiffs and lawyers still have not received notification of the decision at the time of [...]

2018-01-12T09:33:56+00:00October 23rd, 2013|Genocide Trial, partner statement|

Communiqué denouncing recent repression in Northern Huehuetenango

On September 28, conflict erupted again in Northern Huehuetenango in response to the imposition of Spanish-owned Cambalam hydro-electric project in Santa Cruz Barillas. Despite ongoing criminalization and repression, community members continue to demand respect for the 2007 community consultation rejecting large-scale development projects in their territory.During his September 3 [...]

The Council of Maya and Xinca Peoples denounces the Guatemalan State in the IACHR

The Council presents their demand on September 3, 2013. Photo: CPO THE COUNCIL OF MAYA AND XINCA PEOPLES DENOUNCES THE GUATEMALAN STATE IN THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS On February 28, 2013, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court dismissed the Council’s challenge of unconstitutionality filed against the mining law on [...]

Urgent Communique: Detention of Leaders from Santa Cruz Barillas

On Tuesday, August 27, Saúl Aurelio Méndez Muñoz and Antonio Rogelio Velásquez López, community leaders opposed to the imposition of the Cambalam hydroelectric project, operated by Hidro Santa Cruz, property of Spanish company Hidralia S.A., were arrested outside of a Guatemala City courthouse. Saúl and Antonio had traveled to [...]

2018-01-12T10:04:35+00:00August 29th, 2013|partner statement, Political Prisoners|

Declaration of the Second Gathering of the Q’anjob’al Nationalities

On August 21 – 23, leaders and representatives of twenty Maya Q'anjob'al communities in northern Huehuetenango and Chiapas, Mexico, gathered in San Juan Ixcoy, Huehuetenango to discuss the ongoing imposition of large-scale development projects on their territory and to continue generating strategies for unified resistance moving forward. The three [...]

2018-01-12T10:03:14+00:00August 28th, 2013|Community Referendum, partner statement, translation|

Three years since the kidnapping and murder of Tat Lisandro Guarcax González

Lisandro Guarcax González, a visionary artist, teacher and founding member of Grupo Sotz'il, was kidnapped and murdered three years ago on August 25, 2010. NISGUA, along with dozens of international and national organizations, denounced Lisandro's murder, demanding a full investigation of his death. In 2012, we accompanied his case [...]

Urgent communique denouncing assassination of Santos Fidel Ajau Suret, member of La Puya encampment

On Tuesday, July 9, Santos Fidel Ajau Suret, a member of the ongoing peaceful resistance at La Puya, was assassinated. The MadreSelva Collective released the following communique denouncing his assassination. Translation by NISGUA, in Spanish here.  Urgent Communique We denounce the cowardly assassination of Santos Fidel Ajau Suret, activist [...]

Indigenous organizations denounce proposed mining moratorium

In a televised program broadcast from outside Tahoe Resources’ conflictive Escobal mine project, President Otto Pérez Molina announced a proposed two-year moratorium on the granting of new mineral mining licenses. A similar moratorium put in place under the Colom presidency was lifted under the Molina administration, allowing for the [...]

AJR Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Association for Justice and Reconciliation addressed the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City today. We are honored to provide the exclusive English translation of the declaration. Read the Spanish version here.  Association for Justice and Reconciliation Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum [...]

2018-01-15T15:45:12+00:00May 22nd, 2013|AJR, partner statement, translation|

Genocide trial sentence overturned; CALDH press conference called sentence, “An opportunity for peace”

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court emitted a resolution late Monday evening to annul the genocide trial verdict and revert proceedings back to April 19. Judge Barrios of the First Court for High Risk Crimes "A" has 24 hours after being notified of the resolution this morning to comply with the [...]

2018-01-15T15:45:46+00:00May 21st, 2013|Genocide Trial, partner statement, translation|

Attacks Continue against Peaceful Resistance in San Rafael Las Flores

Police in San Rafael las Flores, April 11 Source: resistencapacificaelescobal.blogspot.com While representatives from mining affected communities from throughout Mesoamerica gathered in Huehuetenango to discuss strategies to confront the expansion of mining in their territories, the peaceful encampment in San Rafael Las Flores was violently evicted by members of the [...]

2018-01-16T15:29:25+00:00April 12th, 2013|partner statement, Tahoe Resources, translation|

Exploitation License Granted for Tahoe Resources Escobal Project in Context of Escalating Violence

Communities in the departments of Santa Rosa and Jalapa have been peacefully resisting the proposed Escobal silver mine, operated by Minera San Rafael, Guatemalan Subsidiary of Canada's Tahoe Resources for more than three years. Since 2011, residents have carried out eight community consultations in which more than 35,000 people [...]

2018-01-16T15:41:58+00:00April 5th, 2013|partner statement, Tahoe Resources, translation|

Rubén Herrera, member of the Departmental Assembly of Huehuetenango (ADH), Arrested in Barillas Case

URGENT COMMUNIQUE from the Departmental Assembly of Huehuetenango in Defense of Territory (ADH) *Official Translation by NISGUA Spanish below It is with great concern that we share the unfortunate news that today, March 15, at 7:30 in the morning, Rubén Herrera, a member of the coordination of the ADH, [...]

AJR/CALDH: “First trial for genocide still set to begin March 19”

FIRST TRIAL FOR GENOCIDE STILL SET TO BEGIN MARCH 19 APPEALS COURT'S RULING DOES NOT SUSPEND DEBATE Today, March 11th, we were notified of a constitutional injunction ("amparo") filed by the military officials José Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. [...]

2018-01-16T15:58:34+00:00March 11th, 2013|AJR, Genocide Trial, partner statement, translation|

CPO Denounces Delay in Ruling on Guatemala’s Mining Law | Statement by the Western People’s Council

In July 2012 Guatemala’s Constitutional Court heard a landmark case challenging the constitutionality of the 1997 Mining Law. The legal action, presented by the Western Peoples’ Council (CPO), contends that the current law is unconstitutional because it fails to fulfill national and international mandates that require the State to [...]

Political Statement in Mark of Oxlajuj B’ak’tun

THE WESTERN PEOPLE'S COUNCIL "In defense of LIFE and territory" POLITICAL STATEMENT IN MARK OF OXLAJUJ B'AK'TUN (Original in Spanish here) Authorities of the Maya People of Western Guatemala, joined together as the Council, declare: Oxlajuj B'ak'tun is the time to strengthen ancestral wisdom and the practice and never-ending [...]

2018-02-05T21:07:15+00:00December 19th, 2012|defensa del territorio, partner statement, translation|

Tensions Continue at La Puya: Community Members in Resistance Threatened with Eviction

Following over nine months of non-violent peaceful resistance to the El Tambor mining project and increased intimidation and threats during the past month, the situation at La Puya escalated last Friday, December 7th, when over 300 National Civil Police (PNC) agents and 50 patrol trucks arrived, threatening to evict [...]

2018-02-05T21:12:14+00:00December 14th, 2012|La Puya, partner statement, translation|

“Another blow to the Maya people, in the style of Mano Dura”

"Population of Totonicapán holds a wake for 6 campesinos killed during confrontation yesterday" Source: AFP Another blow to the Maya people, in the style of Mano Dura Statement by the Departmental Assembly of Huehuetenango October 4, 2012 The Departmental Assembly of Huehuetenango -ADH- before national and international public opinion, [...]

Member of K’iche’ People’s Council Murdered – Asesinan a miembro del Consejo de Pueblos K’iche’s

On June 12, José Tavico Tzunun was murdered in his home.  José was a member of the K'iche' People's Council, an organizer for the 2010 community referendum in Santa Cruz del Quiché,  and an active community leader. K'iche' People's Council members announce the 2010 referendum results. We express our [...]

May 31, 2012 Communique of the Tz’ununija’ Indigenous Women’s Movement

Español abajo The organized women of the community of Ágel of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Department of San Marcos, and the Tz'ununija' Women's Indigenous Movement, on the day Wajxaq'ib' Ajmaq [declare]: Within the framework of the promotion, defense and exercise of the individual and collective rights of [...]

Communique of the Tz’ununija’ Indigenous Women’s Movement

 Español abajo COMMUNIQUE The Tz'ununija' Indigenous Women's Movement, on the day Waqxaqi' Aq'ab'al, informs civil society organizations, indigenous and women's organizations and the national and international public opinion, the following: Within the framework of the promotion and defense of the individual and collective rights of women and indigenous peoples, [...]

2018-02-05T22:09:51+00:00June 1st, 2012|comunicado de contraparte, partner statement|

Urgent Communique – State of Siege in Santa Cruz Barillas Lifted

Unofficial translation by NISGUA - Original Spanish Below Traducción no oficial por NISGUA - Español abajo WESTERN PEOPLES' COUNCIL In defense of Life, Territory, the Mother Earth and the Collective Rights of the Peoples   URGENT COMMUNIQUE   In light of the announcement of the lifting of the state [...]