1 March, 2018

One more way to fight impunity: The Molina Theissen trial opens today

2018-03-01T15:53:46+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Justice and accountability|

Nearly a year has passed since the March 2017 indictment of five former high-ranking officers in the Guatemalan military for crimes against humanity. They stand accused of having participated in the illegal detention, torture, and sexual assault of Emma Guadalupe Molina Theissen and the forced disappearance of her 14-year-old [...]

22 February, 2018

Guatemalan communities denounce Tahoe Resources for trying to provoke conflict during suspension of Escobal mine

2018-03-06T15:12:34+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Tahoe Resources|

Members of the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa at a press conference in front of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court on February 21, 2018. The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), and Earthworks. It has [...]

16 February, 2018

Xinca Parliament denounces provocations by Tahoe Resources and Minera San Rafael

2018-03-06T15:11:26+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Tahoe Resources|

The following information was published by the Xinca Parliament regarding the misreporting by local news sources, which are alleging the "detention" of two Tahoe Resources/Minera San Rafael executives in a community in Santa Rosa. The original publication can be found in its entirety at the bottom of the page. [...]

9 February, 2018

“We will not tire of speaking the truth” – Statement by Ixil genocide survivors as retrial hearings wrap up in Nebaj

2018-03-19T17:49:58+00:00 February 9th, 2018|AJR, Genocide Trial|

"Let's respect the word of the people." Original statement in Spanish below. The Ixil genocide case retrial was moved to Santa María Nebaj for this week, following plaintiffs’ request for the judges to hear testimony in the region against former de facto dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt and former [...]

9 February, 2018

“No nos cansaremos de decir la verdad” – Comunicado por sobrevivientes del genocidio Ixil mientras se terminan audiencias del re-juicio en Nebaj

2018-03-05T20:25:42+00:00 February 9th, 2018|AJR (ESP), comunicado de contraparte|

Entre el 6 y 9 de febrero, se trasladaron las audiencias del re-juicio del caso por genocidio a Santa María Nebaj, tras la solicitud de las querellantes que los jueces escucharan los testimonios contra el ex-dictador de facto José Efraín Ríos Montt y el ex-director de inteligencia militar, José [...]

9 February, 2018

Ixil survivors remain committed to search for justice, as trial moves to Nebaj

2018-02-21T20:25:01+00:00 February 9th, 2018|AJR, Genocide Trial|

The Ixil genocide case retrial was moved to Santa María Nebaj for this week, following plaintiffs' request for the judges to hear testimony in the region against former de facto dictator Ríos Montt and former head of military intelligence, José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez. Antonio Caba Caba, a survivor and [...]

1 February, 2018

Plaintiffs in the Military Zone 21 case appeal to the Constitutional Court, fighting to include important witness testimonies

2018-02-01T20:30:08+00:00 February 1st, 2018|CREOMPAZ / ZM21|

Today, plaintiff organizations went to Guatemala’s Constitutional Court to ask that the Court include testimonies from 35 key witnesses in the Military Zone 21 case – the largest case of forced disappearance to date in Latin America’s history. The plaintiff organizations and public prosecutor claim that during the [...]

25 January, 2018

Solidarity Update: January 2018

2018-01-25T21:32:06+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Solidarity Update|

News recap: We're ready for 2018 with a new cohort of GAP volunteers; NISGUA Local: Building connections between global movements to defend life and territory;  Members of the AJR denounce ongoing racism as they continue their search for justice for genocide; plaintiff organizations to take Military Zone 21 case [...]

25 January, 2018

Environmental defenders from Huehuetenango denounce threats to their land and water

2018-01-25T18:25:06+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Defense of life and territory, translation|

In the face of the ongoing threat by mega-development projects and extractive industries to indigenous and campesino peoples' natural resources, and in particular to their water sources, the Departmental Assembly of the Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH) held a day-long meeting to discuss strategies for their protection. The ADH, a [...]

22 January, 2018

NISGUA Local: Building connections between global movements to defend life and territory

2018-01-22T22:53:06+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Defense of life and territory, Grassroots gatherings, Political Education, Take Action|

"We oppose any desecration of our sacred site.  Our sacred sites are not for sale.  We will not allow our ancestors to be disturbed.  This sacred site represents more than 5,000 years of our history and it also currently represents our living culture. We will not permit the desecration of a site [...]

16 January, 2018

San Mateo Ixtatán: Don Sebastián Alonzo Juan, martyr in the defense of rivers

2018-01-23T15:00:40+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Defense of life and territory, translation|

Photo Credit: Francisco Simón Original article posted in Spanish on Prensa Comunitaria. Translation by NISGUA. By: Francisco Simón. January 6, 2018, San Mateo Ixtatán The communal authorities of Yulch'en Frontera paid tribute to the martyr and defender of rivers Don Sebastián Alonzo Juan, who was murdered on [...]

12 January, 2018

Peaceful resistance members meet with international delegation

2018-01-17T14:52:00+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Political Education, Tahoe Resources|

This week, NISGUA received a delegation from the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) in our Guatemala City office. NISGUA relies on a strong network of individuals and organizations, like CRLN,  fighting in the global struggle for social justice and respect for the earth. We work in [...]

3 January, 2018

Socixs de la AJR denuncian hostigamiento al re-juicio del caso por genocidio

2018-02-16T22:47:03+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|AJR (ESP), Juicio por Genocidio, Justicia|

Photo credit: Jose Rodriguez Después de un receso para las fiestas del fin de año, el re-juicio del caso por genocidio Ixil comenzó nuevamente. Mientras testigxs ixiles se presentan para compartir públicamente una vez más sus experiencias de genocidio, están rodeadxs por la presencia solidaria de lxs [...]

28 December, 2017

En el 21° aniversario de la firma de los Acuerdos de Paz de Guatemala, AJR dice que el Estado aún les debe justicia a los sobrevivientes

2018-02-16T22:47:11+00:00 December 28th, 2017|AJR (ESP), comunicado de contraparte, Justicia|

En medio del nuevo juicio del caso por genocidio de los acusados José Efraín Ríos Montt y José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, la Asociación para la Justicia y la Reconciliación (AJR), el Centro de Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos (CALDH), y el Bufete de Derechos Humanos (BDH) publicaron un comunicado [...]

28 December, 2017

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

2018-01-08T18:16:49+00:00 December 28th, 2017|AJR, Juicio por Genocidio, Justice and accountability, Press Release, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

8 December, 2017

Solidarity Update: November 2017

2017-12-08T18:12:40+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

News recap: Needham Congregational Church celebrates 30 years of U.S.-Guatemala solidarity; As Ríos Montt and Rodríguez Sánchez are retried, witnesses and survivors reaffirm 2013 genocide sentence; NISGUA report highlights grassroots strategies to preserve historical memory in Guatemala; Nobel Women’s Initiative speaks out in support of community resistance to Tahoe [...]

5 December, 2017

Youth add their voices to the cry for justice

2017-12-08T20:01:08+00:00 December 5th, 2017|AJR, Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Young Ixil university students stand in solidarity with genocide survivors outside of court.Photo credit: Ixil University students, Chemol txumb'al, FUNDEBASE, y AJR Friday, December 1, marked the seventh trial date since the case for genocide against Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez was reopened on [...]

30 November, 2017

Peaceful resistance movement and Xinca Parliament call for the permanent closure of the Escobal mine

2017-12-08T20:34:40+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tahoe Resources|

Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa member from Santa Rosa de Lima speaks to the press during a conference held at their second permanent resistance camp in front of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court on November 29. Community members from Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa have been [...]

23 November, 2017

Accompanier Perspectives: Guatemalan History – The coup, the conflict, and the consequences

2017-12-07T21:26:30+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives|

In her first letter from Guatemala, Claire Bransky provides a brief history of Guatemala and how its people have been affected by forces of racism, exploitation, and the US's imperialism. As a volunteer with NISGUA's Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP), Claire provides accompaniment through the international coalition ACOGUATE to Guatemalan [...]

22 November, 2017

Sponsoring Communities: Needham’s Guatemala Partnership celebrates 30 years of solidarity

2017-12-08T20:42:41+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives, Grassroots gatherings|

NISGUA's Sponsoring Community partnerships provide the resources, energy and political action required to ensure ongoing international accompaniment in Guatemala. Their long-term commitment to human rights and solidarity is an essential component of the longevity and sustainability of the Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP). The Needham Congregational Church/Guatemala Partnership is one of [...]

21 November, 2017

La Resistencia a las Represas Hidroeléctricas en Guatemala: Una Cuestión de Vida y Muerte

2017-12-08T20:33:15+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives, defensa del territorio, Perspectivas de lxs acompañantes|

Foto: Nómada El siguiente artículo fue escrito por Zia Kandler y publicado en inglés en la revista electrónica, Upside Down World. Fue traducida a español por la autora y publicado aquí con permiso de la autora y Upside Down World. Zia Kandler era testigo presencial de este conflicto durante 10 [...]

21 November, 2017

NISGUA’s 2017 tour speaking tour brings together youth organizers in defense of life

2017-12-08T20:22:05+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tahoe Resources, Tour|

NISGUA partnered with Jalapa-based youth organization, Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID), for a 16-day U.S. speaking tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life.” Together we helped raise awareness about the community and youth forces that have organized in resistance to Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine in southeastern [...]

21 November, 2017

Accompanier Perspectives: From Huehuetenango to Omaha, NE

2017-11-25T19:35:46+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives|

The Maya Q’anjob’al Nation takes their defense of land and life in Huehuetenango transnational through community organizing in both Guatemala and the U.S. Caya Simonsen worked for 6 months as a NISGUA accompanier in Huehuetenango and shares her experience visiting the Maya Q’anjob’al Nation in both Guatemala and her hometown [...]

20 November, 2017

Give Senator Heller the facts he badly needs about Tahoe Resources

2017-12-08T20:23:24+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Take Action|

In August, Nevada Senator Dean Heller wrote to the U.S. State Department to lobby for Tahoe Resources, a Canadian company headquartered in Reno. At the time, Tahoe’s operating license for its flagship Escobal mine in Guatemala had been suspended by Guatemala’s highest court over failure to consult with the Xinca [...]

13 November, 2017

Peaceful Resistance Camp in Casillas protests in front of Guatemalan Constitutional Court

2017-12-08T20:28:10+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tahoe Resources|

Members of the Peaceful Resistance Camp in Casillas have created a second camp in front of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court. They arrived one week ago and will remain until court justices make a decision on the permanent closure of Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine. The Peaceful [...]

10 November, 2017

AJR ¡Presente! in ongoing genocide retrial

2017-12-08T20:30:17+00:00 November 10th, 2017|AJR, Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Today, Survivors of massacres in the 80s from Chimaltenango traveled to participate in the trial against Rodríguez Sánchez for the Ixil genocide. The AJR (Association for Justice and Reconciliation) is made up of survivors from 5 regions in Guatemala and solidarity between communities has been their foundation since [...]

2 November, 2017

Recording: Alex Escobar talks about youth organizing; Grabación: Alex Escobar habla sobre la organización juvenil

2017-12-08T20:37:42+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|defensa del territorio, Defense of life and territory, Español, Gira, Tour, Videos|

[español abajo] An online presentation from our annual speaking tour, "Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life"! Who is JODVID? Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID, in Spanish) is a Guatemalan environmental justice collective that uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional [...]

25 October, 2017

Sobrevivientes comparten sus observaciones mientras Ríos Montt está procesado por genocidio…otra vez

2018-02-16T22:48:10+00:00 October 25th, 2017|AJR (ESP), Juicio por Genocidio, Justicia|

El 13 de octubre, el caso por genocidio del pueblo ixil se abrió de nuevo contra el ex-dictador Efraín Ríos Montt y José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, ex-jefe de inteligencia militar. Este fue el segundo intento de llevarles de nuevo a juicio después del proceso, condena, y sentencia de Ríos [...]

12 October, 2017

Survivors share their reflections as Ríos Montt is tried for genocide…again

2017-12-08T20:36:19+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

On October 13, the Ixil genocide trial is set to open once again against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, former head of military intelligence, in the second attempt to retry the case after the 2013 trial, verdict, and sentence convicting Ríos Montt of genocide. While [...]

30 September, 2017

Solidarity Update: September 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:47+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

News recap: Solidarity in the streets; U.S. Speaking Tour, "Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life," kicks off on October 9th; Thousands call for resignation of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Congressional representatives; Grieving the loss of Ixil genocide survivor Jacinto de Paz, witness in the trial against Ríos [...]

29 September, 2017

In their own words: JODVID on the the importance of youth leadership in the movement to defend life and land

2017-12-08T20:39:28+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tour|

[En español aquí] A week ahead of the launch of our 2017 speaking tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life,” NISGUA sat down with the invited organization to learn more about the young activists who form part of the environmental justice organization, JODVID – Youth Organized Youth in [...]

29 September, 2017

En sus propias palabras: JODVID habla de la importancia de la juventud en el movimiento en defensa del territorio y la vida

2017-12-08T20:41:21+00:00 September 29th, 2017|defensa del territorio, Español, Gira|

[English here] Con solo una semana hasta el inicio de la gira de charlas de 2017, “La juventud guatemalteca en defensa del territorio y de la vida”, NISGUA entrevistó a la organización invitada para conocer a las y los jóvenes activistas quienes forman parte de la organización guatemalteca de justicia ambiental, JODVID [...]

19 September, 2017

Political crisis as corrupt officials seek to undermine advancements in the fight against impunity

2017-12-08T20:46:00+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Justice and accountability|

On August 27, Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales, declared Iván Velásquez, head of the UN anti-impunity commission, the CICIG, "persona non grata" in Guatemala and requested his immediate expulsion. This decision came on the heels of a request by the CICIG and the Guatemalan public prosecutor’s office to strip Morales [...]

19 September, 2017

Accompanier Perspectives: 2017 Political Crisis in Guatemala

2017-12-08T20:48:48+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives, Justice and accountability|

Guatemala plunged into a political crisis this month as President Jimmy Morales attempted to circumvent a criminal investigation into his campaign finances by declaring the head of the UN-sponsored Commision (CICIG) persona non grata, a decision that sparked widespread public outcry. A second wave of outrage followed over legislation [...]

1 September, 2017

Tahoe Resources hace cabildeo ante los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y Canadá para que intervengan en la decisión de corte guatemalteca de suspender la mina Escobal

2017-12-08T20:51:11+00:00 September 1st, 2017|defensa del territorio, Español, Tahoe Resources|

Miles de personas afuera de la Corte Suprema de Justicia en Guatemala el 28 de agosto 2017. Foto: Jose Pablo Chumil El siguiente artículo fue co-escrito por AlertaMinera Canadá y Red en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala (NISGUA) con el apoyo de la expersonal del NISGUA, Ellen Moore. [...]

1 September, 2017

Tahoe Resources lobbies U.S. and Canadian governments to intervene over Guatemalan court decision to suspend Escobal mine

2017-12-08T20:54:14+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tahoe Resources|

Thousands gather outside Guatemalan Supreme Court on August 28, 2017. Photo credit: Jose Pablo Chumil The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada and Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) with support from former NISGUA staff, Ellen Moore. Tahoe Resources is lobbying U.S. and [...]

17 August, 2017

Two days after massive protest, police attack peaceful resistance camp

2017-12-08T21:12:55+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tahoe Resources|

In the early morning of July 21, the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC) carried out a second violent attack on the peaceful encampment in Casillas, where community members have expressed their resolute opposition to the presence of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine. Since June 7, community members from six municipalities [...]

17 August, 2017

Solidarity Update: August 2017

2017-11-25T19:35:49+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

News recap: "This Land is Ours": Hundreds march to demand the restitution of stolen and occupied lands at site of Military Zone 21; Former military officers to stand trial for crimes committed against Molina Theissen family; Thousands respond to international call to action against violent repression of peaceful protest in Casillas; Inter-American [...]