Sign the Solidarity Statement Now!

At the seventh anniversary of the murder of Maya Q’eqchi’ leader and land defender Adolfo Ich, his widow, Angelica Choc, continues to receive threats and intimidation for her struggle for justice.

Release the Political Prisoners! Freedom!

FREEDOM!! All seven authorities from Northern Huehuetenango have been freed! Read more here.

Sepur Zarco: GUILTY!

Thirty Years for Justice! Read our report backs from Guatemala from Sepur Zarco Sexual Slavery trial, where 11 Maya Q’eqchi’ women sought justice for crimes against humanity committed during Guatemala’s Internal Armed Conflict and won!

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!

Remembering the Historic Genocide Sentence Against Rios Montt

BTS honours the brave women who testified during the genocide trial against former dictator Rios Montt; here we highlight parts of the sentence that convicted the former president of genocide and crimes against humanity. Click here to see our photo essay. #sihubogenocidio.

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

Repression of communities defending their rights in the Micro Region of Ixquisis, San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango

Yesterday, Breaking the Silence signed on to a letter along with international and national organizations to express our concern at the repression suffered by community members in the Micro Region of Ixquisis, Huehuetenango. Community members were protesting the presence and construction of a hydroelectric dam in their community, owned by Promoción y Desarrollos Hídricos, Sociedad Anónima [...]

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Breaking the Silence Holiday Newsletter

Check out BTS’ latest newsletter for our season’s greetings and to find out how you can support human rights in Guatemala over the holiday season.    

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Letter of concern: CALAS seeks increased security measures after staff member is murdered

BTS, along with other environmental and social justice organizations from the Unites States and Canada, has sent a letter to Guatemalan Attorney General and the Minister of the Interior asking that necessary actions be taken to guarantee the safety of the staff for the Guatemalan  environmental organization CALAS (Center for Legal, Environmental and Social Action) in [...]

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence : Honouring Guatemalan Women’s Activism

December 6, 2016 To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we are putting the spotlight on 6 Guatemalan women who are doing incredible work to challenge injustice and build a better future, despite the discrimination they have faced on account of their gender. These women are our colleagues or work with our [...]

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Trial against the former head of security of CGN to conclude behind closed doors

Translation by Breaking the Silence. Link to original version in Spanish. November 23, 2016 The trial against Mynor Padilla will conclude seven years after the assassination of Adolfo Ich. On November 17, Judge Ana Leticia Peña Ayala scheduled the final hearing to present conclusions for November 30 and December 1, 2016. The debate began in [...]

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