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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|

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|

Xinka Parliament Announces Breakthrough in Escobal Mine Consultation Process, Rejects Pan American Silver’s Bad Faith

Photo credit: Xinka Parliament On October 15, 2020, the Xinka Parliament announced that Guatemalan authorities have finally recognized their representatives elected to participate in a consultation on the Escobal silver mine. Along with other agreements, this breakthrough could allow the court-ordered process over the future of the mine to advance after being [...]

2021-04-13T09:03:38-04:00October 28th, 2020|Current Events in Guate, Defense of Territory, General blog|

Two Years After the Ruling: A Historic Achievement in the fight and resistance of the Xinka People

By: Maria Reyes, Consultant for communications support for the SAGE project  Two years have passed since the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ordered the Ministry of Energy and Mines to consult with the Xinka people regarding the Escobal mine and other extractive projects.  The ruling from September 3rd, 2018, case file [...]

2021-06-09T11:50:19-04:00October 15th, 2020|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|

In Resistance, there is Revival: Delegation Reflection

Photo: Delegation visits the Xinka Parliament (Photo credit: Xinka Parliament) From February 22-29th, a Canadian delegation visited communities and organizations resisting the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The delegation was organized by BTS and Mining Watch. Charlotte Connolly writes about the experience. The week-long delegation to the Escobal Mine, facilitated by [...]

2021-04-12T11:36:16-04:00March 10th, 2020|Delegation, General blog|

BTS Delegation to Guatemala – Day 9

November 18, 2019 By Somadina Muojeke Learning about the Rio Negro massacre which was linked to a hydroelectric project, exploring resistance coffee farms and honouring activist Topacio Reynoso, spending time with communities facing evictions by large plantation owners and communities demanding the right to free, prior and informed consent who [...]

2021-04-12T18:07:53-04:00November 22nd, 2019|Delegation, General blog|
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