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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|

March 2022, The Growing Context of Corruption and Impunity

During the first quarter of 2022, several former justice officials have been arrested, including Leyly Santizo, former employee of the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG), and Siomara Sosa, former prosecutor of the  Special Prosecutor's Office against Impunity (FECI). According to the Attorney General’s Office (MP), this is part of an [...]

2022-03-30T09:35:37-04:00March 30th, 2022|Human security, Truth, justice & impunity|

The Impact of Mining Exploitation and the 2021 State of Siege for the Q’eqchi’ communities of El Estor

(Street art depicting the violent reprisal against the Maya Q’eqchi’ communities of El Estor. Including the peaceful Indigenous mining resistance who faced violent reprisal of state forces, including the use of tear gas and the Maya Q’eqchi’ community of Chinebal, El Estor, who experienced the theft of their ancestral [...]

2021-12-10T11:26:42-04:00December 10th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Human security|

BTS Resumes In-Person Visits: CCDA and IMAP

Meeting at the CCDA's office, holding publications of the CCDA's 2nd national agrarian congress. By: Lisa Rankin Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Lake Atitlan and visit BTS’s partners, the Highland Small Farmers Committee (CCDA) and the Mesoamerican Institute for Permaculture (IMAP). One of [...]

2021-10-26T09:42:55-04:00October 26th, 2021|Human security|

Increasing Threats to Impunity and Criminalization in Guatemala: “Family Protection and Institutionalization” Law & the Destitution of Sandoval

Leocadio Jurcan of the CCDA, the Xinka Parliament, congress representative Aldo Davila of the Semilla bank, and students, before the Presidential Home in Guatemala City at a press conference to call upon Indigenous peoples from across the Guatemalan territory to join the National Strike July 26th and demand the resignation [...]

2021-07-28T14:10:21-04:00July 27th, 2021|Human security, Truth, justice & impunity|

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 [...]

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