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We denounce violence against Q’eqchi communities in Guatemala

URGENT ACTION : GUATEMALA: State must immediately stop the excessive violence against defenders of the Maya Q'eqchi' people in peaceful resistance against the illegal nickel project in El Estor. After twenty days of peaceful resistance against the illegal mining of their ancestral territories and the Guatemalan State's failure to enforce [...]

2021-10-25T12:40:26-04:00October 25th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Urgent Actions|

Activists Call for Protection of Xinka Leaders Participating in Escobal Mine Consultation

Today six U.S. and Canadian human rights and environmental organizations filed a letter with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) supporting a request to extend precautionary measures for activists opposed to the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The mine has faced strong local opposition from the day it started operations in 2011, opposition that [...]

2021-08-18T16:15:25-04:00August 18th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Signed Letters|

COVID-19 and Consultation

Photos taken during the pre-consultation phase meetings for the Escobal Mine (Photo credit: Xinka Parliament) In Guatemala, the unfortunate social and economic effects of the spread of COVID-19 can be observed. Guatemala is currently situated 2nd amongst Central American countries based on biweekly confirmed COVID cases per million. [...]

2021-08-25T09:16:27-04:00August 17th, 2021|Defense of Territory|

The Criminalization of Land Defenders from Chicoyogüito

Photo taken during a protest for the political prisoners arrested during the 2021 mobilization for the Chicoyogüito community. Signs read “We demand the return of our land that the state evicted us from July 28th 1968.” “We only demand what is ours.” “Freedom for the 21 political prisoners from Chicoyogüito.” [...]

2021-08-24T15:52:41-04:00August 16th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Truth, justice & impunity|

ALERT: Reactivation of Mining Exploration in Eastern Guatemala

For almost two decades, mining companies have been holding on to mining concessions in eastern Guatemala, manipulating administrative and legal processes in their favor. In the context of rising prices for precious metals in 2021, one project is activating mining activities without meeting legal requirements or obtaining clear approval [...]

2021-07-08T08:29:17-04:00July 8th, 2021|Defense of Territory, General blog|

APG – GOPA Guatemala Briefing Note: May 2021

APG Mesoamerica voices concerns over increased violence and repression in Guatemala, as Canada benefits from the country’s rapidly deteriorating rule of law and democracy In late May, BTS and other members of the Americas Policy Group (APG) drafted a briefing note voicing concern over escalating violence and repression in Guatemala [...]

Community and environmental concerns not “pertinent” to Pan American Silver’s business

Vancouver-based mining company Pan American Silver held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 12th: the final shareholder meeting for retiring founder and Board Chair Ross Beaty. To shareholders attending online, Beaty narrated a glowing chronicle of Pan American Silver’s socially and environmentally responsible history in Latin America. Yet, when [...]

2021-06-09T11:31:00-04:00May 17th, 2021|Defense of Territory|
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