Xinka People’s Parliament denounces the murder of environmental activist Ángel Estuardo Quevedo

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Guatemalan activist Ángel Estuardo Quevedo, a member of the Peaceful Resistance in Casillas which demands the permanent closure of the Escobal silver mine, was murdered while traveling in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima. NISGUA joins the Xinka People's Parliament in condemning his [...]

2018-07-13T18:29:35+00:00July 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Cincuenta y cuatro organizaciones guatemaltecas e internacionales rechazan la intervención de los EEUU en caso minera de Guatemala

Ayer, 54 organizaciones de Guatemala, America Latina, los Estados Unidos, Canadá e Europa entregaron una carta al embajador de los EEUU en Guatemala, Luis Arreaga. Las organizaciones expresaron su preocupación ante la intervención del gobierno de los EEUU acerca del caso en contra de la mina de plata de [...]

2018-06-12T19:26:21+00:00June 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

On 21st anniversary of Guatemalan Peace Accords signing, AJR says State still owes survivors justice

In the midst of the ongoing genocide retrial of José Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), and the Human Rights Law Firm (BDH) published a press release in the Guatemalan newspaper, El Periódico, to mark [...]

Immediately following police violence on Thursday, community members return to peaceful encampment in Casillas

On Thursday, June 22, riot police used tear gas to disperse communities protesting the negative impacts of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. For three weeks, representatives from six municipalities neighboring the mine have maintained a peaceful encampment along the highway in the town of Casillas, 15 kilometers from the entrance to [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Los miembros de la comunidad regresan a un campamento pacífico en Casillas, inmediatamente después de la violencia policial el jueves

El jueves 22 de junio, la policía antidisturbios utilizó gases lacrimógenos para dispersar a las comunidades que protestaban contra los impactos negativos del proyecto minero Escobal de Tahoe Resources. Durante tres semanas, representantes de seis municipios vecinos han tomado la decisión de detener sólo el tráfico relacionado con la empresa [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Police use violence against community members during a peaceful demonstration against Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine

Since June 7, communities have maintained a 24-hour encampment along the highway in the municipality of Casillas, 15 kilometers from the Escobal mine of U.S.-Canadian company Tahoe Resources. Blocking only mine-related traffic, they are denouncing the negative impacts they experience on a daily basis since Tahoe Resources came to the [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Statement from the peaceful resistance to Tahoe’s Escobal mine, currently blocking mine-related traffic in Casillas

For more than five years, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have opposed the project operating in their territories. Through 18 community and municipal referenda, multiple legal actions, and different sits-ins, encampments, and protests, impacted communities continue to show that Tahoe Resources has no social license for its project. [...]

2017-06-22T18:17:45+00:00June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Communities maintain peaceful demonstration in protest of negative impacts of Tahoe Resources’ mine in Guatemala

Featured photo credit: Jorge Tobías Pineda Herrera Since June 7, 2017, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have maintained a 24-hour peaceful protest of mine-related traffic. They are denouncing the constant tremors they believe are the result of mining activities, the constant heavy truck traffic, and the [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Demanda contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá obtiene visto bueno para ir a juicio, se considera la punta del iceberg con respecto a riesgos

12 de junio de 2017 (Ottawa/Oakland/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington D.C.) El lunes se emitió una alerta para inversionistas advirtiendo que los históricos desarrollos con respecto a la demanda contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá es tan sólo uno de los indicadores de serios riesgos en relación a su mina argentífera Escobal en Guatemala. El [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Lawsuit against Tahoe Resources cleared for trial in Canada, ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ with regard to risks 

June 12, 2017 (Ottawa/Oakland/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington D.C.) An investor alert released today warns that historic developments in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources in Canada is just one indicator of serious risks surrounding its Escobal silver mine in Guatemala. On Thursday, June 8th, the Supreme Court of Canada denied Tahoe Resources leave to [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00June 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Six police officers on duty when former head of security for Escobal mine fled house arrest sentenced to multiple years in prison

Featured photo credit: CALAS With files from the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network.  On June 1, Guatemala trial Judge Verónica Ruíz convicted six members of the National Civil Police for breach of duty. All six officers were responsible for the custody of Alberto Rotondo Dall’orso, former head of security for [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Se solicita a la Comisión de Valores de Columbia Británica investigar a minera por no revelar información sustancial a inversionistas

Comunicado de Prensa (CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA/OAKLAND/TORONTO/OTTAWA/TATAMAGOUCHE) – Mientras en los tribunales de Columbia Británica avanza una demanda civil contra Tahoe Resources por violencia es su mina Escobal en Guatemala, organizaciones de derechos humanos instan a reguladores de la Superintendencia de la Bolsa de Valores de la provincia de Columbia Británica, [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

British Columbia Securities Commission Asked to Investigate Mining Company’s Failure to Disclose Material Facts to Investors

Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP) – Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) – Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) – MiningWatch Canada – Diocesan Committee in Defense of Nature (CODIDENA) (Guatemala City/Oakland/Toronto/Ottawa/Tatamagouche) – While a civil lawsuit moves forward in British Columbia courts against Tahoe Resources [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Movements resisting resource extraction are being met with targeted violence

Over the last several decades, transnational resource extraction companies have flocked to Central America. Licenses to construct hydroelectric dams, exploit minerals, or build the necessary infrastructure to make these types of projects possible are being granted by national governments in the region at an alarming rate. With little transparency, [...]

2018-07-02T16:45:50+00:00May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Más de 2.900 personas de 59 países distintos piden al Ministerio Publico de Guatemala que investigue el asesinato de defensora del medio ambiente

Comunicado de Prensa 17 de mayo de 2017 (Guatemala / Oakland, CA / Tatamagouche, NS) - El miércoles se entregó una carta al Ministerio Público de Guatemala en nombre de más de 2.900 personas que solicitaban una investigación inmediata y exhaustiva del asesinato de Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, de 16 años, [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:52+00:00May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

More than 2900 concerned individuals from 59 countries ask Guatemalan Public Prosecutor’s Office to investigate murder of environmental defender

Press release May 17, 2017 (Guatemala/Oakland, CA/Tatamagouche, NS) -- On Wednesday, a letter was delivered to the Public Prosecutor’s office in Guatemala on behalf of more than 2,900 people requesting an immediate and thorough investigation into the murder of 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso Pacheco and the attacks against her father, Alex [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:52+00:00May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Accompanier Perspectives: Ixil

While international accompaniment is at its core a response to the requests of Guatemalan communities and a tool for the protection of human rights, it is also a radical practice of showing up in solidarity and grappling with the deeper questions of structural injustice. Current accompanier Chris Shorne shares a poignant [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:54+00:00February 3rd, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives, Uncategorized|

Tribunal hears testimonies of massacres in Nebaj, Quiché

The following is a translation of reports from the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), one of the plaintiff organizations in the genocide case against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and his former head of military intelligence, José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez. While witnesses and plaintiff organizations continue to uphold the validity [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:07+00:00April 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Caravan for Dignity, Community Resistance and the Freedom of Political Prisoners

The following is a press release published by the Departmental Assembly of the People of Huehuetenango (ADH) in response to the events surrounding the recent Caravan for Dignity, Community Resistance and the Freedom of Political Prisoners from Huehuetenango. The Caravan was organized by an alliance of Guatemalan organizations in solidarity [...]

2016-04-14T22:27:31+00:00April 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Caravan for Dignity: for the resistance and freedom of political prisoners from northern Huehuetenango

This article was written by Gustavo Illescas and originally posted in Spanish on CMI-Guatemala. Translation by NISGUA.  Under the motto “We are all northern Huehuetenango,” the Departmental Assembly of the Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH) joined civil society organizations and community authorities on a caravan that left the municipality of Huehuetenango [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:07+00:00April 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A corruption scandal, a new Vice President and the largest mass mobilization in Guatemala’s recent history

Tens of thousands gather in Guatemala's central park to demand an end to impunity and corruption. Photo credit: SkyCam Guatemala A crime ring that defrauded the Guatemalan national tax collection agency (SAT) and customs office, and implicated high-level authorities in different government institutions all the way up to Vice President [...]

2018-01-10T20:17:13+00:00May 18th, 2015|Justice and accountability, Uncategorized|

We are all Barillas – Statement of the Western Peoples’ Council

Unofficial translation by NISGUAComunicado original en español¡In Defense of Life, Territory, Mother Earth and the collective Rights of our Peoples!  “WE ARE ALL BARILLAS” No to the submission of the Guatemalan state to multinational companies.  Yes to life.To: Our indigenous brothers and sisters around the worldAnd the national and international [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:57+00:00May 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

*URGENT COMMUNIQUE*

*URGENT COMMUNIQUE*To the national and international public, regarding the recent events in the municipality of Santa Cruz Barillas Huehuetenango, WE DECLARE:Yesterday, at around one o'clock in the afternoon, armed men ambushed three community leaders as they returned from the municipal center to their nearby community of Posa Verde, where the [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:57+00:00May 2nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

*COMUNICADO URGENTE*

*COMUNICADO URGENTE*Ante la opinión pública nacional e internacional, ante los últimos acontecimientos sucedidos en el municipio de Santa Cruz Barillas Huehuetenango MANIFESTAMOS:El día de ayer a eso de la una de la tarde;  hombres armados emboscaron a tres personas, líderes comunitarios;  que retornaban de la cabecera municipal hacia su comunidad [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:57+00:00May 2nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

Take Action! Sign Petition on Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine

Participe en la acción urgente dirigida a Goldcorp - Versión en españolCanadian mining company with U.S. investors could leave indigenous communities with multi-million dollar bill to pay.We need your support to help defend the rights of indigenous peoples affected by mining in Guatemala's western highlands.On April 26, Goldcorp will hold [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:57+00:00April 20th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Historica condena por masacre de Plan de Sánchez

Comunicado de CALDH - www.caldh.orgEl Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos, CALDH, manifiesta su complacencia ante la reciente condena de un comisionado militar y cuatro ex patrulleros militares responsables de la masacre de la Aldea Plan de Sánchez, Rabinal, en julio de 1982 en donde fueron asesinadas más [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:57+00:00March 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|

High Commissioner received by thousands in Totonicapán

Community mayor raise their varas, staffs symbolic of their authority.Graham HuntOn March 13, 2012, gathered in the Atanasio Tzul stadium in the city of Totonicapán, thousands of representatives of Indigenous Peoples from across Guatemala welcomed the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on official visit to the [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:58+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

Alta Comisionada recibida por miles en Totonicapán

Alcaldes comunitarios alzan las varas que simbolizan su autoridad.Graham HuntEl 13 de marzo, 2012, reunidos en el estadio Atanasio Tzul, en la ciudad de Totonicapán, miles de representantes de pueblos indígenas de toda Guatemala dieron la bienvenida a la Alta Comisionada de Naciones Unidas de los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH), Navi [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:58+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

Sentencia en Caso Lisandro Guarcax

 Afiche del Tu Corazon Florece festivalEl viernes 10 de febrero 2012, la corte de primera instancia emitió una sentencia en el caso de Lisandro Guarcax y 32 otras víctimas. La corte encontró los acusados responsables de los delitos y crimines de asesinato y secuestro; las sentencias extendieron de 100 -376 [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:58+00:00February 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

Verdict in Lisandro Guarcax case

Poster for Tu Corazon Florece (Your Heart Flourishes) festival On Friday, February 10, 2012, a verdict was issued in the case of Lisandro Guarcax and 32 other victims.  The accused were found guilty of charges of murder and kidnapping and given sentences ranging from 100-376 years.  In the case of [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:58+00:00February 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Aumento voluntario de regalías cuestionado

El 26 de enero, 2011, tras negociaciones sostenidas entre el gobierno de Guatemala y la Gremial de Industrias Extractivas -GREMIEXT-, ente que aglutina, entre otros, a las empresas extractivas de minerales operantes en el país, fue acordado un aumento voluntario de las regalías a pagar por éstas al Estado guatemalteco [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:58+00:00February 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Voluntary increase of royalties questioned

On January 26, 2011, following negotiations between the Guatemalan Government and the Union of Extractive Industries (GREMIEXT), a body which brings together, among others, the companies responsible for the exploitation of minerals in the country, an agreement was reached regarding a voluntary increase in royalties to be paid by these [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:58+00:00February 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|

“Our Struggle Has Become Reality”: Former Dictator Rios Montt is Charged with Genocide

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 am, hundreds of community activists and human rights defenders gather outside Guatemala City’s national court to witness former dictator Efraín Rios Montt testify on the gross military atrocities and human rights violations that occurred during his de-facto presidency from 1982 to 1983.   In solidarity, thousands more [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:58+00:00February 3rd, 2012|Uncategorized|

The General on trial

A personal reflection by Phil Neff, Guatemala Accompaniment Project Coordinator for NISGUAA cold evening fog had fallen over the Plaza of Human Rights outside Guatemala City's Court Tower, where two hundred survivors of massacres perpetrated by the Guatemalan Army waited, exhausted and anxious, for Judge Patricia Flores to deliver the [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:59+00:00February 2nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

Efraín Ríos Montt to Stand Trial for Genocide

"Impunity is a perverse state that damages not only the victim, but society in general." - Judge Flores "We have to celebrate this historic event. Our struggle has become reality. It was worth it." - AJR activistLast night, Judge Carol Patricia Flores ruled that there was sufficient evidence to formally charge former [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:59+00:00January 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|