Women in Copal AA gather around a table laden with fruits and drinks after a conversation with the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) representatives. Our 2019 Accomplishments: Racial justice, cross-border organizing, [...]
Three hundred community members organized by the ADH took over the Mesiilla check point on the Guatemala-Mexico border on August 9, protesting the "third safe country" agreement, systemic impunity & the invasion of [...]
Diné delegates hold their flag representing the Navajo Nation outside of the Copal AA school. Photo credit: Chantelle John 2019 Delegation: Environmental Indigenous Leadership This March, NISGUA partnered [...]
Our 2018 Accomplishments In 2018, NISGUA created opportunities for horizontal exchange, for political education, and for growing into a lifelong commitment to organizing for a just world. This year, as communities faced [...]
Maya K’iche’ and Maya Uspanteko citizens vote in an October 2010 referendum in Uspantán, El Quiché. More than 25,000 residents voted to reject mining and hydroelectric megaprojects in the municipality. Photo: Graham Hunt [...]
In Guatemala, the decades-plus organizing of ACODET offers concrete lessons to movements defending land and neighborhoods. ACODET has staved off the imposition of the Xalalá Dam and strengthened a regional movement for indigenous self-determination. They not only denounce the waste and pollution of water, but also lift up the need to protect indigenous life and strengthen community defense.
In defense of land: Environmental defenders on the frontlines of the global struggle for community self-determination and respect for the Earth The Earth is in the midst of an unprecedented ecological crisis, the impacts [...]
No to militarization of communities and borders. Yes to community self-determination! As the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), we believe that all of us have shared stakes with [...]
CREOMPAZ: The largest case of forced disappearance in Latin America On January 6, 2016, 14 former military officers were arrested on charges of forced disappearance and crimes against humanity based on evidence [...]
Sepur Zarco: Q’eqchi’ women set a precedent in Guatemala with first-ever conviction for sexual and domestic slavery In 2012, Doña Mariana*, along with 14 other women, testified to having survived sexual and [...]
This year, we witnessed incredible movements for change in Guatemala. In the face of rampant corruption, new alliances emerged across broad sectors of civil society, while massive mobilizations against impunity saw more people than ever [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Since the early 1970s, the construction of the Xalalá Dam has been a recurring priority for the Guatemalan government. Slated for construction in the Ixcán region of north-central Guatemala, the proposed project threatens to destroy [...]
The Xalalá Dam, declared a renewed national priority under Otto Pérez Molina's administration, is now one step closer to construction. Late last year, the National Electrification Institute (INDE) bypassed the standard bidding procedure and signed a [...]
Ever since the verdict condemning Jose Efraín Ríos Montt to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity was overturned on May 20, 2013, retaliation against key individuals and institutions has halted the progress of emblematic court cases, perpetuating impunity and threatening the advancement of justice in Guatemala as a whole.
During the past year, conflict around Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine has intensified. So, too, has the resistance. Community leaders from San Rafael Las Flores demand that the consultations be respected where communities have voted against resource extraction activities on their lands.