Solidarity Update: February 2019

News recap: Join NISGUA- as staff or as an accompanier!; Survivors Respond as Guatemalan Congress Threatens Amnesty; Sign On in Solidarity with Cross-Border Indigenous Organizing for Self-Determination; Plurinational Government, Omaha Nation Hold Summit in Q’anjob’al territory, Huehuetenango; International Mayan League Holds Vigil Demanding Justice for Youth Killed by U.S. Immigration System; International Organizations [...]

2019-02-28T22:18:58+00:00February 28th, 2019|Solidarity Update|

International Organizations Publish Statement in Solidarity with La Puya

NISGUA joins 10 international organizations who stand in solidarity with the communities of the Peaceful Resistance “La Puya” impacted by the international arbitration claim filed against the state of Guatemala by US mining company, Kappes, Cassiday & Associates. Community members from San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc [...]

2019-02-01T21:14:10+00:00February 1st, 2019|Defense of life and territory, La Puya|

Solidarity Update: March 2017

News recap: The women of Sepur Zarco celebrate one year since the verdict and continue to call for dignified reparations; La Puya celebrates five years of resistance; UC Berkeley students take action in solidarity with victims of the fire at a state-run home for youth. This and more in this month's [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:53+00:00March 31st, 2017|Solidarity Update|

International organizations call on KCA to suspend operations

International Organizations Reiterate Support for Guatemalan Communities and Institutions Upholding Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights in the case of the communities of La Puya and El Tambor Mine The undersigned human rights and environmental law organizations applaud recent efforts by Guatemalan courts to enforce domestic laws and international [...]

Guatemalan organizations respond to the expulsion of two volunteers with Peace Brigades International (PBI)

On July 1, 2014, Guatemalan officials revoked the temporary residence permits of two human rights accompaniers with Peace Brigades International. In response to their expulsion, the Convergence for Human Rights (Convergencia por los Derechos Humanos), a network of Guatemalan social, environmental, human rights, feminist, campesino and territorial defense organizations [...]

Organizations in defense of territory denounce violence against their communities

Late Sunday night, around 10:30PM, father and daughter activists involved in the resistance against Tahoe Resources' Escobal Mine, Edwin Alex Reynoso and Merilyn Topacio Reynoso, were attacked by unknown suspects. Alex and Topacio were on their way home from Matequescuintla after attending an activity there. Topacio was shot and [...]

Urgent Action from La Puya: Call for an End to Police Intimidation and Eviction Threats

The National Police, at the service of US mining company Kappes Cassiday and Associates (KCA), have been carrying out acts of intimidation and threatening eviction against communities in resistance at La Puya, just north of Guatemala City. Early April 9, a local company contracted by KCA, Transmac S.A., arrived [...]

2018-01-12T08:50:37+00:00April 11th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Take Action|

Carta al presidente expresando solidaridad con San José Nacahuil

El 7 de septiembre, seis hombres desconocidos dispararon y mataron a once miembros de la comunidad de San José Nacahuil, en la municipalidad de San Pedro Ayampuc. El día de hoy, NISGUA entregó una carta, firmada por organizaciones internacionales, al Presidente Otto Pérez Molina para expresar nuestra solidaridad con [...]

2018-01-12T10:11:17+00:00September 20th, 2013|Acción Urgente, defensa del territorio, La Puya|

Organizaciones indígenas guatemaltecas denuncian al estado por la ley minera ante la CIDH

Fuente: Consejo del Pueblo Maya de Occidente (CPO) – Red en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala (NISGUA) – Alerta Minera Canadá – Centro para el Derecho Ambiental Internacional (CIEL) (Ciudad de Guatemala/Ottawa/Washington) Martes, el Consejo del Pueblo Maya de Occidente (CPO) de Guatemala presentó una demanda ante la Comisión [...]

2018-01-12T10:07:06+00:00September 4th, 2013|comunicado, defensa del territorio|

Guatemalan Indigenous Organizations File Complaint over Mining Law with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Sources: Western Peoples' Council (CPO) - Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) - MiningWatch Canada – Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) (Guatemala City/Ottawa/Washington) Tuesday, Guatemala's Western Peoples' Council of Mayan organizations (CPO) filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) alleging that the [...]

2018-01-12T10:06:14+00:00September 3rd, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Press Release|

Urgent communique denouncing assassination of Santos Fidel Ajau Suret, member of La Puya encampment

On Tuesday, July 9, Santos Fidel Ajau Suret, a member of the ongoing peaceful resistance at La Puya, was assassinated. The MadreSelva Collective released the following communique denouncing his assassination. Translation by NISGUA, in Spanish here.  Urgent Communique We denounce the cowardly assassination of Santos Fidel Ajau Suret, activist [...]

Tensions Continue at La Puya: Community Members in Resistance Threatened with Eviction

Following over nine months of non-violent peaceful resistance to the El Tambor mining project and increased intimidation and threats during the past month, the situation at La Puya escalated last Friday, December 7th, when over 300 National Civil Police (PNC) agents and 50 patrol trucks arrived, threatening to evict [...]

2018-02-05T21:12:14+00:00December 14th, 2012|La Puya, partner statement, translation|

Protect pacific resistance in San José del Golfo

For the past nine months, men, women and children from San José del Golfo, San Pedro Ayampuc and their surrounding communities have maintained a constant, non-violent presence in protest of the onset of mining activities in their territories.  Beginning on Tuesday, November 13, an estimated 70 people claiming to [...]

2018-02-05T21:16:28+00:00November 21st, 2012|La Puya, Take Action|

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 [...]

2018-02-05T21:45:47+00:00July 16th, 2012|Defense of life and territory, Marlin Mine|

URGENT ACTION: Activist Yolanda Oquelí attacked on her way home

On June 13, activist Yolanda Oquelí was attacked and shot three times on her way home from a protest.  We join others in denouncing the attack and expressing our concern for Yolanda's safety and well-being, as well as the safety of other organizers and community members from the area. [...]