Reflection: Defending Truth and Memory Photo Exhibit in the US/Mexico Borderland Region

Former accompanier Kayla Autumn Myers writes about the photography exhibit, "Defending Truth and Memory." The exhibit traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in February, 2018.  Visit our blog for more information about the exhibit and ways you can host it in your city! This photography exhibit was more than [...]

2018-07-24T14:52:08+00:00July 24th, 2018|Grassroots gatherings, Political Education|

Grassroots Cinema: Join NISGUA this summer by hosting a community screening of 500 YEARS!

This summer and fall, join NISGUA activists across the country in advancing conversations about international movements for social and environmental justice! We’re inviting our network to grow our capacity for cross-border solidarity by hosting a documentary film screening and discussion in their community. Documentary filmmaker and NISGUA supporter Pamela [...]

2018-10-01T19:12:16+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Grassroots gatherings|

Accompanier Perspectives: land, genocide, and gentrification in Guatemala and the US

In her final letter as a human rights accompanier in Guatemala, Clara Lincoln draws connections between the US and Guatemalan governments' violence against indigenous peoples and people of color, through genocide, sexual violence, state brutality, and attempts at erasure through the imposition of mega-projects and gentrification models that strip people's [...]

2018-05-03T16:57:45+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Accompanier Perspectives|

Solidarity Update: March 2018

News recap: Prayerful action on the Equinox at the Ohlone Shellmound and Village Sacred Site in California; Genocide retrial moves to Nebaj to hear testimonies from elderly and protected witnesses; Nearly 40 years later, former military officials stand trial for crimes against the Molina Theissen family; NISGUA's latest report celebrates community [...]

2018-03-26T13:53:26+00:00March 26th, 2018|Solidarity Update|

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

"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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Solidarity Update: January 2018

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Solidarity Update: November 2017

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Solidarity Update: September 2017

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 [...]

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

Solidarity Update: May 2017

News recap: Motions filed against former Constitutional Court judges for breach of duty in overturning the genocide verdict; Ríos Montt to stand trial for genocide for his role in the Dos Erres massacre; Accompanier perspective: "As You Come Home: Immigration, Reunion, and the Continuity of Power"; Thousands respond to action [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00May 25th, 2017|Solidarity Update|

Accompanier Perspectives: Ixil

While international accompaniment is at its core a response to the requests of Guatemalan communities and a tool for the protection of human rights, it is also a radical practice of showing up in solidarity and grappling with the deeper questions of structural injustice. Current accompanier Chris Shorne shares a poignant [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:54+00:00February 3rd, 2017|Accompanier Perspectives, Uncategorized|

Las Dos Erres massacre case advances with a new trial

The following is a translation of an article originally featured in Spanish on the ACOGUATE blog. NISGUA is a member of ACOGUATE, a coalition of North American and European solidarity committees who provide international accompaniment to threatened Guatemalan human rights defenders. NISGUA observed the 2011 Dos Erres trial and continues [...]

2017-12-11T11:12:19+00:00December 12th, 2016|Dos Erres, Justice and accountability|

Solidarity Update: December 2016

Photo: CPR Urbana News recap: Lucas García to be tried for the disappearance of Marco Antonio Molina Theissen; Staff member from the environmental justice law firm CALAS is murdered; The municipality of Mataquescuintla re-affirms 2012 referendum results that voted ‘NO’ to mining; “Guatemalan women healing towards justice” tour build U.S.-Guatemala connections in [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:58+00:00December 6th, 2016|Solidarity Update|

Plaintiffs in the Dos Erres trial denounces faulty media coverage in the trial against Ríos Montt

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt is currently facing charges of genocide for his role as the intellectual author of the 1982 massacre that killed more than 200 people in Las Dos Erres, Petén. While he was convicted in 2013 for genocide against the Ixil people, the sentence was [...]

2017-12-11T11:13:59+00:00December 5th, 2016|Dos Erres, Justice and accountability|

CALDH reports from the closed-door retrial of Ríos Montt

The following are translations from the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), plaintiff in the genocide case against former dictator Ríos Montt and his Head of Military Intelligence, Rodríguez Sánchez. CALDH and the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) are currently participating in the closed-door retrial of Ríos [...]

Solidarity Update: April 2016

News recap: CREOMPAZ: Public Prosecutor presents evidence in the largest case of forced disappearance in Guatemala’s history; Closed-door genocide retrial moves to Ixil territory; Observer mission travels to Huehuetenango to document human rights violations in the context of hydroelectric projects; “Communities Rise Up” delegation builds connections across borders. This and more in this [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:06+00:00April 25th, 2016|Solidarity Update|

Tribunal hears testimonies of massacres in Nebaj, Quiché

The following is a translation of reports from the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), one of the plaintiff organizations in the genocide case against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and his former head of military intelligence, José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez. While witnesses and plaintiff organizations continue to uphold the validity [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:07+00:00April 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

2015 US Appropriations Act maintains restrictions on US military aid to Guatemala

When President Otto Peréz Molina was elected in 2012, he came with an agenda to fully re-instate US military aid and end the restrictions on funding to Guatemala in place to varying degrees since the Carter administration implemented a direct security aid ban in 1977. Even before the Peace [...]

Interview with members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation on the genocide retrial and suspension of proceedings

NISGUA sat down with several members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) to ask them how they feel about the genocide retrial and the events of January 5th, when lead Judge Jeannette Valdés was recused from hearing the case and the retrial was suspended. The departure of [...]

2018-01-10T20:59:12+00:00January 9th, 2015|AJR, Genocide Trial|

A solidarity message to the Association for Justice and Reconciliation as the genocide case goes to retrial

January 5, 2015 Dear members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), During this moment in which the Guatemala justice system is retrying the case against Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, we here at NISGUA want to acknowledge this long process in search of justice and particularly [...]

2018-01-10T21:00:55+00:00January 5th, 2015|AJR, Genocide Trial|

Worldwide action for the one-year anniversary of the genocide sentence

“We must raise awareness [so] that these kinds of events are never repeated, because the people of Guatemala want to live in peace, acknowledging our identity, our rich multicultural, multilingual [heritage] and the respect for the freedom of expression of our ideas.”  -Genocide sentence (page 89 in English translation) [...]

2018-01-12T08:23:26+00:00May 5th, 2014|AJR, Genocide Trial, Take Action|

Interview with Judge Yassmín Barrios: “The door to impunity and corruption is being opened”

Interview originally published by El Periódico in Spanish. Translation by NISGUA. Judge Yassmín Barrios Photo: El Periódico   Judge Iris Yassmín Barrios, presiding judge of the High Risk Crimes Court A, refers to the decision handed down against her last week by the Ethics Tribunal of the Guatemalan Bar Association (CANG [...]