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Guatemala Update ~ January 2021

Heading into 2021 Guatemala was recuperating from a series of environmental and political storms.  The end of the hurricane season wrapped up after a higher than usual amount of rain which saturated the soils across the country and exacerbated the devastation brought on by the tailends of hurricanes Eta and [...]

2021-06-09T11:42:28-04:00January 26th, 2021|General blog, Human security|

Open letter: 190+ organizations call for investigation following assassination attempt against Xinca community leader

January 21, 2021 TO: María Consuelo Porras, Attorney General, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Guatemala; Augusto Jordán Rodas Hernández, Ombudsman, Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Guatemala; Sean McAleer, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Guatemala, Pan American Silver; Michael Steinmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pan American Silver; Ross [...]

2021-05-09T19:22:27-04:00January 21st, 2021|General blog, Signed Letters|

TAKE ACTION: Canada must provide promised powers to Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

In January 2018, the government announced that it would create an independent office with the power to investigate. Instead, on April 8, 2019, it unveiled a powerless advisory post, little different from what has already existed for years. The Government of Canada failed to appoint an independent Ombudsperson for Responsible [...]

2021-04-12T14:47:19-04:00January 18th, 2021|General blog, Urgent Actions|

Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis

A new report Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis examines the ongoing consultation process of the Xinka people by Guatemala's Ministry of Energy and Mines during the 2020 Constitutional Crisis. The document was produced by EarthWorks, IPS- Global Economy Program and the Maritimes-Guatemala [...]

2021-06-09T11:48:56-04:00January 4th, 2021|BTS Report, Defense of Territory, General blog|

Happy Holidays from Breaking the Silence

Dear friends, As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our past year together. With the beginning of the global pandemic in March, we had to adjust our work in Guatemala and explore how best to support our partners in the new [...]

2020-12-23T11:28:51-04:00December 23rd, 2020|General blog|

2020 Fall Staffing Fund Campaign

2020 has been an extremely challenging year in Guatemala. The Covid-19 pandemic has created desperate conditions. All of our BTS partners are now engaged in vital work providing basic supports and necessities, in addition to ongoing work building livelihoods and fighting for justice. Through this, we [...]

2021-06-14T16:35:41-04:00December 1st, 2020|General blog|
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