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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|

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|

Se Otorga el 6to Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco A…

Estamos muy emocionadxs para anunciar a quienes se otorga el 6to Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco! Desde 2016, este premio ha reconocido y apoyado los esfuerzos de grupos juveniles en Guatemala utilizando el arte para defender su territorio y protejer el ambiente.  Este premio fue creado en memoria de la vida [...]

2021-08-13T16:08:36-04:00August 13th, 2021|Espanol|

Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco 2021

  Dedicado en honor a la vida y lucha de Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, este premio se presenta anualmente desde el 2016 a un grupo juvenil en territorio guatemalteco que trabaje para proteger el medio ambiente y su comunidad a través del arte, la música o cualquier forma creativa de resistencia.  [...]

2021-08-06T19:28:20-04:00July 19th, 2021|Espanol, General blog|

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|

August 9th — International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

By: Maria Reyes, Consultant for communications support for the SAGE project  The Indigenous Xinka people claim the right to self-determination and to free, prior and informed consent. The Peaceful Resistance communities of the Xinka people in Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa have fought for their right of self-determination; along with [...]

2021-06-09T11:56:20-04:00August 10th, 2020|Defense of Territory, General blog|

Global Solidarity with Communities, Indigenous Peoples and Workers at Risk from Mining Pandemic Profiteers

BTS joined 300+ organizations in releasing a statement which denounces the four ways multinational #mining companies are profiting from the #COVID19 pandemic, at the expense of people and planet. Read the statement and full list of signatories below. The mining industry is one of the most polluting, deadly, and destructive [...]

2021-06-09T11:59:18-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Defense of Territory, General blog, Signed Letters|

Xinka Parliament & BTS Stand in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders

The Xinka Parliament and the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) support and stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders, who are resisting the incursion of the Coastal Gaslink (CGL) pipeline on their unceded territory. We - Xinka people and Xinka Parliament in Guatemala - have been engaged in a [...]

2021-06-07T09:08:46-04:00February 25th, 2020|Defense of Territory, General blog|
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