Survivors of State Terror, Organizations Reject Amnesty in Guatemala

Guatemalan partner organizations, including CALDH and HIJ@S, published an open letter denouncing Guatemalan congressional attempts to pass amnesty legislation. The proposed legislation could overturn decades of work for justice, allowing those responsible for crimes against humanity to walk free. The letter rejects these latest attempts to legislate impunity, at the expense [...]

2019-02-14T23:24:12+00:00February 14th, 2019|Justice and accountability, sign-on letters|

Political Crisis in Guatemala: Organizations Call on Embassy, State Department to Support CICIG

Jimmy Morales holds a press conference to announce unilateral cancellation of CICIG agreement. Photo credit: Moises Castillo/Associated Press The Jimmy Morales administration has brought Guatemala to a technical coup, as it ramps up its attack against the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), in [...]

2019-01-10T02:29:19+00:00January 9th, 2019|broad context, sign-on letters|

More than 100 Organizations Denounce Murders, Violence against Peaceful Resistance of Ixquisis

Statement on the double assassination, physical aggression, and the dangerous situation faced by communities in the Ixquisis region, Guatemala We, the below signed organizations, collectives, and people, express our deep concern about the dangerous situation faced by the communities and human rights defenders of the Ixquisis region, San [...]

2019-01-02T19:24:29+00:00December 21st, 2018|sign-on letters|

Fifty four Guatemalan and international organizations reject US intervention in Guatemalan mining case

Yesterday, 54 organizations from Guatemala, Latin America, United States, Canada and Europe delivered a letter to the U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga. The organizations expressed their concern regarding the U.S. government's intervention in the case against Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine, a project associated with numerous and well-documented [...]

2018-06-12T19:28:14+00:00June 12th, 2018|sign-on letters, Tahoe Resources|

Repression of communities defending their rights in the Ixquisis Region, San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango

On January 17, 2017, community members from the Ixquisis region, located in northern Huehuetenango, held a demonstration against the construction of three hydroelectric projects by the company Promoción y Desarrollos Hídricos, Sociedad Anónima (PDH, SA). That afternoon, representatives of the National Civil Police, PDH S.A.'s private security, and forest rangers, all armed, [...]

CALAS seeks increased security measures after staff member is murdered

Today NISGUA, along with other environmental and social justice organizations from the Unites States and Canada, sent a letter to Guatemalan Attorney General and the Minister of the Interior asking that necessary actions be taken to guarantee the safety of the staff for the Guatemalan Center for Legal, Environmental and Social [...]

2017-12-11T11:10:29+00:00December 20th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, sign-on letters|

Hundreds sign on to Solidarity Statement with Women Defenders and All Defending Water, Land, Life and Territory

International Solidarity with Women Defenders and All Defending Water, Land, Life and Territory September 29, 2016 We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with Angelica Choc and family after gunshots were fired against her home on Friday, September 16, 2016. The attack occurred just after midnight. Four bullets impacted the walls [...]

2017-12-11T11:34:49+00:00September 26th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, sign-on letters|

Organizations call for full investigation into murder of Daniel Choc Pop (CCDA)

Jimmy Morales Cabrera, President of the Republic of Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, Attorney General and Head of the Public Prosecutor's Office Carlos Moran, Secretary for Agrarian Affairs - SAA Mario Estuardo Mendez Cobar, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food - MAGA Francisco Rivas Lara, Minister of the Interior General Manager, [...]

International organizations call on KCA to suspend operations

International Organizations Reiterate Support for Guatemalan Communities and Institutions Upholding Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights in the case of the communities of La Puya and El Tambor Mine The undersigned human rights and environmental law organizations applaud recent efforts by Guatemalan courts to enforce domestic laws and international [...]

Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Regarding Murder of Honduran Indigenous and Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres

March 10, 2016 Dear Secretary of State Kerry, We write in shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres, founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge a response from the [...]

2017-12-29T17:46:05+00:00March 16th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, sign-on letters|

Civil society organisations in America and Europe condemn the murder of Berta Cáceres, Lenca indigenous leader and human rights defender

March 4, 2016. The signatory networks and organisations who support the defence of human rights in Honduras, condemn the murder of Lenca indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, coordinator of the Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organisations in Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras – COPINH), [...]

2017-12-29T17:46:47+00:00March 4th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, sign-on letters|

Expression of solidarity with the Duwamish Tribe in their struggle for tribal recognition

When Víctor Caal Tzuy from ACODET came to the U.S. last year on NISGUA's "Rivers for Life" tour, he met with Ken Workman, Duwamish Tribal Council Member and direct descendent of Chief Si'ahl. Both men shared common experiences as indigenous people, fighting for their communities and the health of their [...]

Civil Society Organizations Speak Out on US Central America Plan

Honorable: President Barack Obama, President Otto Pérez Molina President Juan Orlando Hernández President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President Enrique Peña Nieto We, the undersigned civil society organizations and groups, wish to address you as your meetings begin at the Summit of the Americas in Panama to express our urgent concerns about [...]

2018-01-10T20:37:04+00:00April 10th, 2015|sign-on letters|

US groups call on new US Ambassador to Guatemala to promote justice

The following letter was originally sent on October 14, 2014 Ambassador Todd Robinson U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala Dear Ambassador Robinson: We write to congratulate you on your recent appointment as the United States ambassador to Guatemala, and we recognize your extensive experience and service in country as well [...]

Letter to the Executive Directors of the World Bank: No New Loans for Guatemala Until Chixoy Reparations Plan Implemented

On June 4, NISGUA, along with 33 other organizations from around the world, submitted a letter to the Executive Directors of the World Bank calling on them to delay their vote on the approval of a $340 million loan for Guatemala. The signing organizations ask that the bank cease [...]

International organizations demand justice in deadly attack against opponents of Tahoe Resources’ mine

Merilyn Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, 1997 - 2014. (Photo: Danilo Zuleta) Two weeks have passed since the deadly attack against Alex and Topacio Reynoso, community leaders from Mataquescuintla, Jalapa who were actively opposed to Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala. Topacio, just 16 years old, was killed, [...]

2018-01-12T08:45:49+00:00May 1st, 2014|sign-on letters, Tahoe Resources, Take Action|