Displacement in Guatemala and How Transnational Solidarity Must Impact our Local Organizing for Housing and Land Rights

Washington, D.C. local, Clara Lincoln is a recent NISGUA accompanier through the Guatemala Accompaniment Program. She spent ten months accompanying land and human rights defenders in Guatemala. Since returning, she has collaborated with ONE DC, an organization fighting for the rights to housing, wellness, and economic equity for low-income [...]

2018-12-14T16:05:23+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Accompanier Perspectives|

Xinka Parliament denounces illegalities as court-ordered consultation process begins

The following article was co-written by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, Earthworks, and NISGUA. On November 19, 2018, the Xinka Parliament held a press conference to denounce the malicious behaviour of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), and [...]

2018-11-20T14:08:48+00:00November 20th, 2018|partner statement, Tahoe Resources|

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|

Solidarity Update: August 2018

News recap: Communities in Huehuetenango call out the Inter-American Development Bank for human rights and environmental violations in Ixquisis; Over 60 international organizations call for an investigation into the murder of environmental activist Estuardo Quevedo; Join NISGUA as an intern in our Bay Area office. This and more in [...]

2018-10-01T20:25:04+00:00August 24th, 2018|Solidarity Update|

International community calls for an investigation into the murder of Guatemalan Environmental Activist Estuardo Quevedo

On July 12, 2018, Guatemalan activist Ángel Estuardo Quevedo, a member of the Peaceful Resistance in Casillas which demands the permanent closure of the Escobal silver mine, was murdered while traveling in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima. The murder of Quevedo is the latest in a wave [...]

Fifty four Guatemalan and international organizations reject US intervention in Guatemalan mining case

Yesterday, 54 organizations from Guatemala, Latin America, United States, Canada and Europe delivered a letter to the U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga. The organizations expressed their concern regarding the U.S. government's intervention in the case against Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine, a project associated with numerous and well-documented [...]

2018-06-12T19:28:14+00:00June 12th, 2018|sign-on letters, Tahoe Resources|

Forty-six international and Guatemalan organizations call for the restoration of security measures for the Reynoso Pacheco family

Community members demand justice for the murder of 16-year old environmental activist, Topacio Reynoso, outside of the Guatemalan Public Prosecutor's Office in 2014 On March 26, Guatemalan and international human rights organizations called on the Guatemalan state to restore the life-saving security measures for the Reynoso Pacheco [...]

Cuarenta y seis organizaciones guatemaltecas e internacionales exigen restauración de medidas de seguridad para la familia Reynoso Pachecho

Comunitarios y comunitarias exigen justicia por el asesinato de la defensora del medio ambiente de 16-años, Topacio Reynoso, frente al Ministerio Publico en el 2014. El 26 de marzo organizaciones guatemaltecas e internacionales de derechos humanos exigieron al estado de Guatemala restaurar las medidas de seguridad de [...]

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|

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|

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|

Peaceful resistance movement and Xinca Parliament call for the permanent closure of the Escobal mine

Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa member from Santa Rosa de Lima speaks to the press during a conference held at their second permanent resistance camp in front of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court on November 29. Community members from Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa have been [...]

NISGUA’s 2017 tour speaking tour brings together youth organizers in defense of life

NISGUA partnered with Jalapa-based youth organization, Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID), for a 16-day U.S. speaking tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life.” Together we helped raise awareness about the community and youth forces that have organized in resistance to Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine in southeastern [...]

Give Senator Heller the facts he badly needs about Tahoe Resources

In August, Nevada Senator Dean Heller wrote to the U.S. State Department to lobby for Tahoe Resources, a Canadian company headquartered in Reno. At the time, Tahoe’s operating license for its flagship Escobal mine in Guatemala had been suspended by Guatemala’s highest court over failure to consult with the Xinca [...]

2017-12-08T20:23:24+00:00November 20th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Take Action|

Peaceful Resistance Camp in Casillas protests in front of Guatemalan Constitutional Court

Members of the Peaceful Resistance Camp in Casillas have created a second camp in front of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court. They arrived one week ago and will remain until court justices make a decision on the permanent closure of Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine. The Peaceful [...]

Recording: Alex Escobar talks about youth organizing; Grabación: Alex Escobar habla sobre la organización juvenil

[español abajo] An online presentation from our annual speaking tour, "Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life"! Who is JODVID? Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID, in Spanish) is a Guatemalan environmental justice collective that uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional [...]

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|

In their own words: JODVID on the the importance of youth leadership in the movement to defend life and land

[En español aquí] A week ahead of the launch of our 2017 speaking tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life,” NISGUA sat down with the invited organization to learn more about the young activists who form part of the environmental justice organization, JODVID – Youth Organized Youth in [...]

2017-12-08T20:39:28+00:00September 29th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Mining resistance, Tour|

En sus propias palabras: JODVID habla de la importancia de la juventud en el movimiento en defensa del territorio y la vida

[English here] Con solo una semana hasta el inicio de la gira de charlas de 2017, “La juventud guatemalteca en defensa del territorio y de la vida”, NISGUA entrevistó a la organización invitada para conocer a las y los jóvenes activistas quienes forman parte de la organización guatemalteca de justicia ambiental, JODVID [...]

2017-12-08T20:41:21+00:00September 29th, 2017|defensa del territorio, Español, Gira|

Tahoe Resources hace cabildeo ante los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y Canadá para que intervengan en la decisión de corte guatemalteca de suspender la mina Escobal

Miles de personas afuera de la Corte Suprema de Justicia en Guatemala el 28 de agosto 2017. Foto: Jose Pablo Chumil El siguiente artículo fue co-escrito por AlertaMinera Canadá y Red en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala (NISGUA) con el apoyo de la expersonal del NISGUA, Ellen Moore. [...]

2017-12-08T20:51:11+00:00September 1st, 2017|defensa del territorio, Español, Tahoe Resources|

Tahoe Resources lobbies U.S. and Canadian governments to intervene over Guatemalan court decision to suspend Escobal mine

Thousands gather outside Guatemalan Supreme Court on August 28, 2017. Photo credit: Jose Pablo Chumil The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada and Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) with support from former NISGUA staff, Ellen Moore. Tahoe Resources is lobbying U.S. and [...]

Two days after massive protest, police attack peaceful resistance camp

In the early morning of July 21, the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC) carried out a second violent attack on the peaceful encampment in Casillas, where community members have expressed their resolute opposition to the presence of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine. Since June 7, community members from six municipalities [...]

Smear campaign launched against opponents to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal project, after mine licenses suspended

The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA).  Following the suspension of two of Tahoe Resources’ mine licenses in Guatemala on July 5, Tahoe Resources’ suppliers, workers and the Guatemalan Industrial Association have engaged in a smear campaign [...]

2017-12-08T21:14:48+00:00July 18th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Tahoe Resources|

Tahoe Licenses Suspended for Lack of Consultation with Indigenous Communities, While Company Denies Indigenous Presence and Opposition 

July 7, 2017 (Oakland/Reno/Ottawa/Tatamagouche/Toronto) On Wednesday July 5, the Guatemalan Supreme Court of Justice announced that it was temporarily suspending two of Tahoe Resources’ mining licenses until a suit against the Ministry of Energy and Mines is resolved for discrimination and lack of prior consultation with Indigenous Xinka communities [...]

Immediately following police violence on Thursday, community members return to peaceful encampment in Casillas

On Thursday, June 22, riot police used tear gas to disperse communities protesting the negative impacts of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. For three weeks, representatives from six municipalities neighboring the mine have maintained a peaceful encampment along the highway in the town of Casillas, 15 kilometers from the entrance to [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Los miembros de la comunidad regresan a un campamento pacífico en Casillas, inmediatamente después de la violencia policial el jueves

El jueves 22 de junio, la policía antidisturbios utilizó gases lacrimógenos para dispersar a las comunidades que protestaban contra los impactos negativos del proyecto minero Escobal de Tahoe Resources. Durante tres semanas, representantes de seis municipios vecinos han tomado la decisión de detener sólo el tráfico relacionado con la empresa [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Police use violence against community members during a peaceful demonstration against Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine

Since June 7, communities have maintained a 24-hour encampment along the highway in the municipality of Casillas, 15 kilometers from the Escobal mine of U.S.-Canadian company Tahoe Resources. Blocking only mine-related traffic, they are denouncing the negative impacts they experience on a daily basis since Tahoe Resources came to the [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Statement from the peaceful resistance to Tahoe’s Escobal mine, currently blocking mine-related traffic in Casillas

For more than five years, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have opposed the project operating in their territories. Through 18 community and municipal referenda, multiple legal actions, and different sits-ins, encampments, and protests, impacted communities continue to show that Tahoe Resources has no social license for its project. [...]

2017-06-22T18:17:45+00:00June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Communities maintain peaceful demonstration in protest of negative impacts of Tahoe Resources’ mine in Guatemala

Featured photo credit: Jorge Tobías Pineda Herrera Since June 7, 2017, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have maintained a 24-hour peaceful protest of mine-related traffic. They are denouncing the constant tremors they believe are the result of mining activities, the constant heavy truck traffic, and the [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:50+00:00June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Demanda contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá obtiene visto bueno para ir a juicio, se considera la punta del iceberg con respecto a riesgos

12 de junio de 2017 (Ottawa/Oakland/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington D.C.) El lunes se emitió una alerta para inversionistas advirtiendo que los históricos desarrollos con respecto a la demanda contra Tahoe Resources en Canadá es tan sólo uno de los indicadores de serios riesgos en relación a su mina argentífera Escobal en Guatemala. El [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Lawsuit against Tahoe Resources cleared for trial in Canada, ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ with regard to risks 

June 12, 2017 (Ottawa/Oakland/Tatamagouche/Toronto/Washington D.C.) An investor alert released today warns that historic developments in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources in Canada is just one indicator of serious risks surrounding its Escobal silver mine in Guatemala. On Thursday, June 8th, the Supreme Court of Canada denied Tahoe Resources leave to [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00June 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Six police officers on duty when former head of security for Escobal mine fled house arrest sentenced to multiple years in prison

Featured photo credit: CALAS With files from the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network.  On June 1, Guatemala trial Judge Verónica Ruíz convicted six members of the National Civil Police for breach of duty. All six officers were responsible for the custody of Alberto Rotondo Dall’orso, former head of security for [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Se solicita a la Comisión de Valores de Columbia Británica investigar a minera por no revelar información sustancial a inversionistas

Comunicado de Prensa (CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA/OAKLAND/TORONTO/OTTAWA/TATAMAGOUCHE) – Mientras en los tribunales de Columbia Británica avanza una demanda civil contra Tahoe Resources por violencia es su mina Escobal en Guatemala, organizaciones de derechos humanos instan a reguladores de la Superintendencia de la Bolsa de Valores de la provincia de Columbia Británica, [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

British Columbia Securities Commission Asked to Investigate Mining Company’s Failure to Disclose Material Facts to Investors

Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP) – Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) – Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) – MiningWatch Canada – Diocesan Committee in Defense of Nature (CODIDENA) (Guatemala City/Oakland/Toronto/Ottawa/Tatamagouche) – While a civil lawsuit moves forward in British Columbia courts against Tahoe Resources [...]

2017-11-25T19:35:51+00:00May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Movements resisting resource extraction are being met with targeted violence

Over the last several decades, transnational resource extraction companies have flocked to Central America. Licenses to construct hydroelectric dams, exploit minerals, or build the necessary infrastructure to make these types of projects possible are being granted by national governments in the region at an alarming rate. With little transparency, [...]

2018-07-02T16:45:50+00:00May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|