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

CCDA’s Elvis Morales in NS!

Friends, We are pleased to announce that Elvis Morales, the coordinator of the CCDA’s coffee export and commercialization branch, will be speaking in Antigonish, Tatamagouche and Halifax from November 4-7, 2016. The CCDA (Highland Small Farmers Committee) is one of BTS’s longest partners. The organizations supports small farmers in their production of coffee, honey and [...]

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Communities affected by Tahoe Resources Mina San Rafael ask to be respected

Another ongoing allegation against the Canadian-US company Tahoe Resources’ Mina San Rafael project in San Rafael las Flores, Santa Rosa, is the damage caused to homes in La Cuchilla, located above the mine site. Community member state the explosions below in the tunnels of the mine have led to serious damages to their homes and [...]

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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: by Friday, October 7th, 2016 by 5:00pm Job Description- Communications Coordinator [...]

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