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Seventy years after land reform promise, Indigenous Guatemalans struggle for land rights

President Arbenz achieves: ‘Farmer, here is your land. Defend it, care for it, cultivate it.’” (C.P.R. Urbana from LIFE magazine). President Jacobo Arbenz (Cubadebate). Bitter Fruit tells the story of the 1954 coup. Tanks in front of the National Palace after the coup (TeleSUR). Seventy years after land reform promise, [...]

2022-06-17T11:18:15-04:00June 17th, 2022|Defense of Territory, Human security|

The Trial against María Cuc Choc, Criminalized Q’eqchi’ Land Defender from Estor, Izabal Begins

By Laura Robinson and María Reyes The court room in Puerto Barrios where Maria Cuc Choc's trial was held.  Photo Credits: Laura Robinson On April 21st, 2022, BTS accompanied María Cuc Choc, who for the past 16 years has dedicated her life to defending the land and [...]

The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute Presents the Biodiversity and Ancestral Knowledge Law

IMAP joins with organizations representing Indigenous Peoples from across Guatemala to present the Biodiversity and Ancestral Knowledge Law before Congress in the National Capital Photo Credits: Imap Guatemala Originally Written by the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute Translated by Martha Schmitz Organizations representing Indigenous peoples in Guatemala will present the [...]

2022-06-09T08:53:50-04:00June 8th, 2022|Defense of Territory|

Meeting with IMAP & CCDA, March 2022

Last week we visited Lake Atitlan and two of BTS’s partners, the Mesoamerican Institute for Permaculture (IMAP) and the Highland Small Farmers Committee (CCDA). During the visit, we had the chance to sit, connect over cups of Cafe Justicia, and discuss recent success and challenges with both IMAP and [...]

2022-04-25T13:17:09-04:00April 25th, 2022|Defense of Territory|

NEWS RELEASE from the CNCA: Bills Introduced to Protect People and the Planet Warrant All-Party Support

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2022 Bills Introduced to Protect People and the Planet Warrant All-Party Support Human Rights and the Environment should be Non-Partisan Issues Two private Members’ bills introduced in the House of Commons today would, if passed, help protect people and the planet. These bills deserve all-party [...]

2022-03-29T13:15:32-04:00March 29th, 2022|Defense of Territory, Press releases|
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