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

Solidarity Statement

International Solidarity with Women Defenders and All Defending Water, Land, Life and Territory September 27, 2016   We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with Angelica Choc and family after gunshots were fired against her home on Friday, September 16, 2016. The attack occurred just after midnight. Four bullets impacted the walls of her home, where Angelica [...]

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Solidarity Sign-On with Angelica Choc and Others

~Please distribute widely. Many of you know Angelica and she and others need your support now! Individual and organizational sign-ons needed! Dear friends, We’re looking for individual and organizational sign-ons to the attached solidarity statement that was put together following multiple attacks this past weekend against Angélica Choc in Guatemala and Máxima Acuña in Peru, [...]

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Job Posting: BTS Communications Coordinator (contract position)

Please find below the terms of reference for the position of Communications Coordinator with the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS). To apply for the position, please email your cover letter and resume to the hiring committee by sending your resume and cover letter to: btscoordinator@gmail.com by Friday, October 7th, 2016 by 5:00pm Job Description- Communications Coordinator [...]

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Sandra Moran: Feminist, Lesbian, Congresswoman

This article first appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of Herizons magazine. By Jackie McVicar Guatemala has had its share of political turmoil in the past six months. In April, the UN-mandated International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala uncovered a customs fraud ring involving high ranking public servants and elected politicians who had stolen tens [...]

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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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