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Mataquescuintla and San Carlos Alzatate – Anniversaries of community Consultations

In solidarity and celebration of the communities of Mataquescuintla and San Carlos Alzatate, celebrating their 11th and 9th anniversaries of municipal consultations of the Escobal mining project, property of the Canadian company Pan American Silver. Please read the letters of solidarity and recognition from international organizations and supporters below. La [...]

2021-11-30T12:51:01-04:00November 30th, 2021|Defense of Territory|

7 Year Anniversary: Honouring the Life and Resistance of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco

Today, April 13th, 2021, marks the 7th anniversary of the murder of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco. At the age of 16, she was a member of the peaceful resistance against a Canadian-owned silver mine near her home in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala.  Topacio was a co-founder of the Mataquescuintla youth movement to resist [...]

2021-04-13T15:13:59-04:00April 13th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Uncategorized|

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|

BTS Delegation to Guatemala – Day 8

November 17, 2019 By Ahmed Nassrat “My beautiful piece of peace Mataquesquintla will continue to flower when no hero who defends the earth has to die.” Topacio Reynoso It was quite touching to show up at the mural to find a group of youth working to refresh the mural which [...]

2021-04-12T18:01:33-04:00November 19th, 2019|Delegation, General blog|

AJODER and Topacio Award Keep Her Dreams Alive

On Sunday, September 2nd, the Reynoso Pacheco family accompanied by BTS staff Lisa Rankin, traveled to Coban, Alta Verapaz to present the 2018 Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award to AJODER (the Association for Development and Social Recovery). As always, the presentation of the award was a bitter-sweet moment, remembering Topacio and [...]

2021-06-07T15:22:29-04:00September 13th, 2018|General blog|

No Justice Three Years After Topacio’s Murder

April 14th marked three years since the murder of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, a young activist and artist who spoke out against the US-Canadian company Tahoe Resources whose Escobal Mine is located only 6km from her community of Mataquescuintla. Her father was also seriously injured in the attack. No one has yet been [...]

2021-04-12T11:41:26-04:00April 14th, 2017|General blog|

International Organizations Demand Justice in Deadly Attack Against Opponents of Tahoe Resources’ Mine

Thursday, May 01, 2014 Thirty six international human rights, environmental justice and solidarity organizations have signed a letter to Guatemala's Attorney General demanding justice for the deadly attack against Alex and Topacio Reynoso on April 13th. The father and daughter are community leaders from Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, actively opposed to Tahoe [...]

2021-04-12T09:40:38-04:00May 1st, 2014|General blog|
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