Press Release: MAYA-IXIL HUMAN RIGHTS SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS OF GUATEMALAN STATE-SPONSORED VIOLENCE FIGHT FOR ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES

(Español abajo) Maya-Ixil Human Rights survivors and victims of Guatemalan state-sponsored violence fight for asylum in the United States El Paso Immigration Lawyer Carlos Spector declares, “It’s the most significant case I’ve ever had.” El Paso, TX:  Gaspar Cobo and Francisco Chávez are Maya-Ixil human rights leaders and [...]

2021-03-31T16:58:53+00:00March 19th, 2021|Justice and accountability|

February Solidarity Update: ACAs suspended, updates from our partners, and a new volunteer opportunity!

These past few months have been full of challenges, victories, and continued perseverance. Continue reading below to join us in celebrating our wins, take action with us, and learn about the continued fight for justice for genocide survivors, land defenders, and all migrants and asylum seekers. Please also consider [...]

#LaPazEsNuestroDerecho / #PeaceIsOurRight

Since Giammattei announced a series of decrees closing several institutions created to comply with the Peace Accords signed by the Guatemalan State in 1996, we have been echoing the demands of our Guatemalan partners and uplifting their actions and statements. We also express our concerns on this grave setback [...]

2021-01-22T20:54:00+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Justice and accountability|

International Human Rights Day Statement from survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict

Survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict at their Press Conference. Photo Credit: Impunity Watch Statement on International Human Rights Day The Victims and Survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict, convened in National Assembly, declare before national and international public opinion that: 1. We publicly condemn the [...]

2020-03-28T01:35:01+00:00December 19th, 2019|Justice and accountability|

Press Release: We support the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR)

On October 17, Judge Claudette Domínguez, known for her right-wing ties and regressive decisions, was removed from the Maya Ixil genocide case against Luis Enríquez Mendoza García, who was chief of military operations under Ríos Montt Government. The plaintiffs of the case successfully proved that Judge Dominguez has a [...]

2019-11-07T17:15:18+00:00October 28th, 2019|Justice and accountability|

Serious Concerns in the Face of Huehuetenango Militarization

In the past several weeks, communities and organizations in Huehuetenango have noted an increase in U.S. and Guatemalan military presence in their territories. This unexplained and unapproved military presence has caused great consternation in a region that was a target of the military’s “scorched earth” policies during the internal [...]

2019-06-17T20:48:19+00:00June 13th, 2019|Defense of life and territory|

Genocide survivors respond to congressional resolution to deny genocide

"We are thousands of Guatemalan victims of grave human rights violations committed during the internal armed conflict. The only thing we ask for is justice."  - Communique from survivors in response to congressional resolution to deny genocide Genocide survivors gather in front of the Congress of the Republic. On [...]

2019-12-27T17:56:08+00:00May 19th, 2014|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

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) [...]

2019-12-27T17:56:46+00:00May 5th, 2014|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court set to hear arguments regarding fate of genocide trial

This morning, the Constitutional Court (CC), Guatemala’s highest court, will hear arguments regarding the April 2013 decision by Judge Carol Patricia Flores to set the genocide case back to a pre-trial phase. The mid-trial ruling cited technical errors in the judicial process and stated that the case should return [...]

2019-12-27T17:56:59+00:00March 26th, 2014|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Survivors submit complaint against Guatemalan state for denial of justice in genocide case

Genocide survivors submit a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington DC on November 6, 2013. Photo: AJR INTERNATIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST THE GUATEMALAN STATE FOR DENIAL OF JUSTICE IN THE GENOCIDE CASE Washington D.C., November 6, 2013 - Today, survivors of the Guatemalan genocide, along with [...]

2019-12-27T17:57:52+00:00November 7th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Justice for Genocide campaign: Presentation to the AJR

This past spring, thousands of you participated in our international "Justice for Genocide" photo and pledge campaign in support of the brave survivors of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR). NISGUA staff recently shared your photos and messages with the members of the AJR during their national assembly, [...]

AJR Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Association for Justice and Reconciliation addressed the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City today. We are honored to provide the exclusive English translation of the declaration. Read the Spanish version here.  Association for Justice and Reconciliation Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum [...]

2019-12-27T17:59:32+00:00May 22nd, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide trial sentence overturned; CALDH press conference called sentence, “An opportunity for peace”

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court emitted a resolution late Monday evening to annul the genocide trial verdict and revert proceedings back to April 19. Judge Barrios of the First Court for High Risk Crimes "A" has 24 hours after being notified of the resolution this morning to comply with the [...]

2019-12-27T18:30:18+00:00May 21st, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 24/25: Defense incensed and exposed, Judge moves to concluding arguments

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, 2, 3, 4/5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11-14, 12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18, 19, 20-1, 20-2, 21, Constitutional Court decisions, trial [...]

2019-12-27T18:01:13+00:00May 9th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide trial still suspended: Supporters remain hopeful, public dialogue continues

NISGUA continues ongoing coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity.The air in Guatemala is tensely optimistic as various injunctions and appeals related to the fate of the genocide trial are one by one being resolved in Guatemalan [...]

2019-12-27T18:02:11+00:00April 29th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Constitutional Court issues rulings, ongoing questions about how they impact genocide trial proceedings

NISGUA continues ongoing coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity.Survivors, lawyers and human rights groups remain hopeful that the Constitutional Court will clear the legal obstacles impeding the conclusion of the genocide case, but lawyers interpreted today's [...]

2019-12-27T18:02:23+00:00April 24th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 19: Defense delays resting their case; Statements outside courtroom multiply

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 12, Days 13/14, Days 15/16, Days 17/18 and full archive [...]

2019-12-27T18:03:12+00:00April 18th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|