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

Report Back: Franklin Valenzuela’s Speaking Tour and the 2016 BTS AGM

Summer got off to a great start with the BTS AGM in late June. This year our invited guest was Franklin Valenzuela from the Mataquescuintla, Jalapa youth organization JODVID (Youth Organized in Defense of Life). From June 18- 26, Franklin traveled and met with numerous solidarity, university and civil society groups to inform Canadians about [...]

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Comunicado: Caso Penal contra CGN, El Estor, Izabal

SEGURIDAD DE LA COMPAÑÍA GUATEMALTECA DE NIQUEL/Hudbay Minerals, POR EL ASESINATO DE ADOLFO ICH CHAMAN  HERIDAS GRAVISIMAS CONTRA GERMAN CHUB CHOC Y VARIOS CAMPESINOS EN EL ESTOR IZABAL Próxima Audiencia 9 de agosto Tribunal de Sentencia Puerto Barrios  El 28 de julio se dio fin a la reconstrucción de hechos que inicio el 6 de julio; cumpliéndose [...]

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Press Release by communities in El Estor regarding trial of Mynor Padilla for murder of Adolfo Ich and injury to German Chub

Breaking the Silence has been accompanying both the victims of the attack by Mynor Padilla, including the family of Adolfo Ich Chaman who was murdered in the attack, and German Chub Cub who was injured. For the last year, BTS has also accompanied parts of the trial in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Translated from original by [...]

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Freedom for Political Prisoners!

Saturday, July 23, 2016 Last night, the seven authorities, in their majority Maya Q’anjob’al men, who have been legitimately defending the earth and resistance hydro-electric and mining companies were all set free. Mynor, Domingo, don Tanyo, Arturo and don Chico Palas were all absolved – no evidence existed that they were part of anything more [...]

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Ancestral Authorities face trial for defending Mother Earth

Since July 6 I have had the opportunity to accompany the trial of seven men, including several indigenous Maya Q’anjob’al authorities, who are facing charges related to their resistance to mining and hydro-electric projects in their territory. They are not the first people to be criminalized for their resistance to large scale “mega” projects that [...]

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