Solidarity Update: September 2018

News recap: Court affirms that the state enacted genocide, but finds Rodríguez Sánchez not guilty in a split decision; Constitutional Court upholds temporary suspension of Escoal mine and calls on the State to consult impacted Xinka communities. This and more in this month's solidarity update. [...]

2018-10-01T20:18:21+00:00September 29th, 2018|Solidarity Update|

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|

Organizaciones de Sobrevivientes Denuncian Militarización, Influencia del Ejercito

En una conferencia de prensa, organizaciones de sobrevivientes del conflicto armado interno rechazaron tanto la influencia del ejercito en el gobierno de Jimmy Morales, como la militarización de la seguridad pública y la corrupción de funcionarios del Estado. Las personas recordaron al público el rol del mismo ejercito en masacres [...]

2018-09-13T19:51:41+00:00September 13th, 2018|comunicado de contraparte, Justicia|

Political Crisis Unfolds in Guatemala: A timeline

Featured photo credit: La Hora GT For weeks, Guatemala has made international headlines after President Jimmy Morales announced his government will not renew the mandate for the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an independent anti-corruption body that has had significant impact in the country since [...]

2018-09-14T15:12:47+00:00September 13th, 2018|broad context|

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

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 [...]

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

Accompanier Perspectives: 2017 Political Crisis in Guatemala

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 [...]

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

Solidarity Update: January 2017

Photo: Francisco Simon, Prensa Comunitaria News recap: Former Kaibil, accused of participating in Dos Erres massacre, arrested in Maryland; Elderly protester killed in the Ixquisis region, Huehuetenango; Former Guatemalan Minister of Energy and Mines arrested in Miami, awaits extradition; As Trump takes office, we stand in our commitment to internationalism. This [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:55+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Solidarity Update|

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina resigns, detained on charges of corruption

Update: On Tuesday, September 8, former President Otto Pérez Molina was indicted on charges of customs fraud, illicit association, and bribery in connection with "La Línea," a customs fraud network accused of stealing millions of dollars from the Guatemalan state. Given the number of people still being investigated in [...]

2018-01-10T20:01:57+00:00September 4th, 2015|Justice and accountability|

Despite the arrest of former VP Roxana Baldetti, President Otto Pérez Molina says he won’t step down

On Friday, the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and Public Prosecutor's office revealed evidence connecting Guatemala President Otto Pérez Molina to the massive customs corruption network known as La Línea. Prosecutors have filed a legal motion to strip Pérez Molina of his presidential immunity – the [...]

2018-01-10T20:02:24+00:00August 25th, 2015|Justice and accountability|

In wake of Guatemala corruption scandals, Tahoe Resources’ Escobal license faces legal challenge

On July 12, 2015, the Guatemalan Center for Environmental and Social Legal Action (CALAS) filed criminal charges against former Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), Erick Archila, and former mines director at MEM, Fernando Castellanos. CALAS is accusing Archila and Castellanos of violating the Constitution and [...]

2018-01-10T20:06:57+00:00July 13th, 2015|Defense of life and territory, Tahoe Resources|

Petition to remove Pérez Molina’s presidential immunity moves to Congress

On June 10th, Guatemala's Supreme Court unanimously voted to accept Congressman Amílcar Pop's petition to remove President Otto Pérez Molina's immunity. Pop is accusing President Molina of playing a role in the corruption scandals in the tax and health sectors, which were recently unveiled by the UN-backed International Commission [...]

2018-01-10T20:11:43+00:00June 16th, 2015|Justice and accountability|