Accompanier Perspectives: Connecting — Zapatistas, Feminist Teachings, and Neocolonialism in Guatemala

[Christina Reyes, NISGUA Internacionalista, wrote and sent this letter in early January 2020. It now includes modifications they made in early March 2020 for International Women’s Day] Hello loved ones, I hope this message reaches y'all in a time and space where the world isn't weighing so heavily on [...]

2020-07-01T19:23:54+00:00July 1st, 2020|Accompanier Perspectives|

Four lessons on human rights that we’ve learned from defenders of life

On International Human Rights Day, we recognize that the language of human rights has not always served to advance social justice. In many cases, it has functioned as a smoke screen for imperial institutions to validate or obscure their violence. The U.S. government used the rhetoric of human rights [...]

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 [...]

2019-12-27T18:44:23+00:00September 26th, 2016|Defense of life and territory|

Across Guatemala: Communities Continue to Defend Their Right to Life

In September of this year NISGUA reported on the series of violent attacks against community members in San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa and Mataquescuintla, Jalapa who were peacefully resisting the advancement of the Escobal silver mine project. The Escobal mine is operated by Minería San Rafael S.A. a [...]

2019-12-27T17:47:32+00:00December 17th, 2012|Defense of life and territory, Escobal, Huehuetenango|

Tribunal 2012: “We are defending the life of all humanity with our struggle”

Participants listen as the international tribunal pronounces its final sentence. Graham Hunt On July 14 and 15, 2012, participants from throughout Mesoamerica and North America gathered in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, in northwest Guatemala, for the first ever International People's Health Tribunal.  Over two days, the panel of judges listened [...]

2019-12-27T17:39:53+00:00July 16th, 2012|Defense of life and territory, Huehuetenango|