With Less than a Month to Inauguration, Indigenous Authorities Continue to Push Back Against Coup Attempts

Ancestral Authorities stand alongside the President and Vice President elect. Photo: Festivales Solidarios Inauguration is around the corner: on January 14, Berardo Arévalo should assume the presidency, following his landslide win in August. But Guatemala's "Pact of the Corrupt" is pulling out all the stops to try to [...]

2023-12-19T17:22:15-04:00December 18th, 2023|Current Events in Guate|

Public Prosecutor’s Office Continues Criminalization of Popular Dissent, Election Winners

Public Prosecutor's Office Continues Criminalization of Popular Dissent, Election Winners Four of those detained yesterday continue to call for an autonomous USAC. Photo credit: Still from Diego España video. Yesterday morning, the Public Prosecutor’s office (MP) went on a criminalization rampage, announcing 27 arrest warrants, detaining five peoples [...]

2023-11-17T18:22:27-04:00November 17th, 2023|Current Events in Guate|

100+ Organizations Demand Justice for Assassination of Xinka Leader Noé Gómez Barrera

More than a Hundred Organizations Demand Justice for Assassination of Xinka Leader Noé Gómez Barrera A sign commemorating Noé Gómez Barrera's life says, "Martyr of the social struggle: Human Rights Defender Noé Gómez Barrera. We will follow the example of his struggle." Following the murder of Xinka human [...]

2023-11-17T12:57:27-04:00November 6th, 2023|Current Events in Guate|

Noé Gómez, Xinka leader and human rights defender, killed

The following is a translation of a Prensa Comunitaria article originally published in Spanish. Xinka Leader and Human Rights Defender Assassinated Xinka leader and human rights & environmental defender, Noé Gómez Barrera. Photo credit: courtesy The Xinka People condemned the murder of Noé Gómez Barrera, leader and human [...]

Indigenous Authorities Organize National Strike to Demand Resignation of Corrupt Actors, Defend Democracy

Indigenous Authorities Launch National Strike to Demand Resignation of Corrupt Actors, Defend Democracy The Highlands’ Committee of Small Scale Farmers (CCDA) protests in front of the Public Prosecutor's office. For the last 10 days, Guatemala has been on an indefinite national strike. Since Bernardo Arévalo and Karin Herrera [...]

2023-10-11T17:54:11-04:00October 11th, 2023|Current Events in Guate|

International Organizations Send Letter of Concern to Guatemalan Government, International Diplomatic Corps

Español abajo On Monday, October 9, a host of international solidarity and human rights organizations sent a letter indicating their serious concern in the face of attempts by the Public Prosecutor's office to prevent the peaceful transition of power through the judicialization of election results and the criminalization of any [...]

Interview with CCDA’s Marcelo Sabuc on Ongoing Protests in Guatemala

Julian Marcelo Sabuc Xalcut (CCDA) gives an interview about protests in front of the Public Prosecutor's Office. [Find the original video of the interview below] BTS: Good afternoon, could you tell me your name and the organization you represent? Marcelo (CCDA): Good afternoon, I’m Julian Marcelo Sabuc Xalcut, [...]

Criminalization Threatens Struggles for Justice in Guatemala

Over the past decade in Guatemala, criminalization has increasingly served as a strategy to stifle public participation in civic life. In most cases, Guatemalan authorities have collaborated with both business and military interests to criminalize those who seek justice and fight against impunity. Unending criminalization of Indigenous land defenders Early [...]

2023-09-25T21:47:20-04:00September 25th, 2023|Current Events in Guate|

Violent Eviction of Xinka Community, Nueva Jerusalen

Nueva Jerusalen homes burned in violent eviction, photo credit: CCDA On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Wednesday, August 9th - police and private security forces attacked the Xinka community of Nueva Jerusalen and ruthlessly burnt people's homes and possessions. Located in Escuintla, the sugar-cane [...]

Guatemala Votes with Memory: Surprising Outcomes in First Round of Presidential Elections

Guatemalan presidential elections took place on Sunday. Hopes were low in the lead-up given a slate of far-right candidates backed by the Pacto de Corruptos (Covenant of the Corrupt), high-level bribery accusations, months of rival presidential candidates’ exclusions from the race, and a context of ever-increasing repression and criminalization. But [...]

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