BTS Speaking Tour: Justice for the 36 Achi Women

From October 26-30th, Gloria Reyes of the Rabinal Legal Clinic will speak throughout the Maritimes. Gloria is leading the legal team seeking justice for 36 women from Rabinal who suffered sexual violence during the Internal Armed Conflict. Read more here.

BTS 2019 Delegation to Guatemala

Joins us for the Land Rights are Human Rights delegation to Guatemala from November 9 to 21, 2019. More info here.

Check out our 2018 Year in Review!

Our Year in Review provides an overview of what we were up to in 2018 and an update on what’s been going on in Guatemala. You can read it here. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers to making our work possible!

BTS solidarity with the CCDA throughout the Maritimes

Throughout the Maritimes, BTS members and supporters express their solidarity with long-time BTS partner, the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). In May, three members of the CCDA were killed. More here.

Lets keep on breaking the silence…donate today!

You are Breaking the Silence. And your donations help us to continue to build relationships of solidarity and friendship, speak out against injustice and be present when it is most needed.  Donate to our  fundraising campaign today!

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

Peace is possible – a peace that is born from the truth that comes from each one of us and from all of us. It is a painful truth…it is a liberating and humanizing truth…It is a truth that challenges each one of us to recognize our individual and collective responsibility and to commit ourselves to action.

– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998

“Breaking the Silence means listening to those who’ve been silent for far too long, and once the silence is broken, it is amazing what you can hear.”

– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)

Hay hombres que luchan un dia y son buenos. Hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores. Hay quienes luchan muchos años y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida: esos son los imprescindibles. 

– Bertolt Brecht

Now 24 Municipalities in Guatemala Under State of Siege

On September 30, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced a State of Siege in two more municipalities, now in Santa Catarina Ixahuacán and Nahualá related to a historic dispute regarding the border between the two municipalities. The Indigenous Municipality of Sololá rejects the State of Siege because it is not a good solution for communities looking […]

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Guatemalan election results; the social & political landscape ahead

By Este Chep, BTS Lead Cooperant Guatemalans headed to the polls for the second round of national elections on August 11, 2019 where Alejandro Giammattei of the newly founded VAMOS (“Lets Go”) conservative party received the majority of the votes to become the next president-elect set to take office on January 14, 2020. Giammattei was […]

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Justice for the 36 Achi Women: Speaking Tour with Gloria Reyes!

From October 26-30th, we’ll be joined by Gloria Reyes, a Maya Achi lawyer with long-time BTS partner organization, the Rabinal Legal Clinic. Gloria is leading the case for justice for 36 women from Rabinal who suffered sexual violence during the Internal Armed Conflict and genocide against the Mayan people. She’ll speak throughout the Maritimes on this […]

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Press Release: Groups Denounce Attacks & Defamation by Swiss Mining Company Solway Investment Group in Guatemala; Urge Constitutional Court to Follow Precedent and Shut Down Mine

The same week that Global Witness names the Central American country the deadliest in the world for environmental activists, threats against Maya Q’eqchi land defenders opposing illegal mining in their territory increase.  Zurich/Berna/Washington/Berkley/Tatamagouche/Guatemala August 2, 2019 On July 29 Global Witness released a report which found Guatemala among the most dangerous countries in the world […]

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Information on recent events of escalating tension and conflict in Xinka communities

Español abajo Xinka Parliament’s urgent comuniqué regarding the violent events of June 23, 2019 On Sunday, June 23, 2019, representatives from the Xinka Parliament, including their lawyer, Quelvin Jiménez, were violently expelled from the Xinka community of San Francisco Jumaytepeque, Nueva Santa Rosa. The Xinka Parliament representatives had been invited to observe the community assembly […]

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