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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!

Marking 6 years since the murder of Adolfo Ich Chamán

It’s been 6 years since security for the Fenix mining project opened fire on community members near El Estor, Guatemala, killing community leader Adolfo Ich Chamán and gravely wounding German Chub. Click here to read BTS’ statement in solidarity with community members who are still pushing for justice.

Photo credit: mimundo.org

 

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

Open Letter to the Guatemalan Public and the International Community: Justice for Genocide in Rabinal

Open Letter to the Guatemalan Public and the International Community The Inter-American Court of Human Rights once again hears of acts of genocide committeed against the community of chichupac by the Guatemalan State during the Internal Armed Conflict in the municipality of Rabinal, department of Baja Verapaz Who could have imagined that the traumatic events [...]

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BTS 2016 Delegation

Follow our blog during the 2016 BTS delegation and hear updates from participants during their two weeks in Guatemala.   Sunday, May 1 Kaleigh Kingsbury As we arrived to Guatemala I felt a warm embrace. The love and energy that filled the air as people waited to see their loved ones get off a plane [...]

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Caravan for Dignity

Lisa Rankin, coordinator of BTS recently spent several days in Huehuetenango, a northern department of Guatemala where dozens of hydro-electric dams and mining projects are being planned. Full update coming soon!

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2016 BTS Annual Gathering

Registration Form Here Join us June 24-26 at Tatamagouche Centre for our annual gathering and meeting. This year, we are happy to announce that Franklin Valenzuela from Jodvid will join us. He will also take part in a Maritimes tour before the gathering so stay tuned for details. Franklin is an 18 year old youth [...]

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Territory is Life: Women’s Perspectives on Land and Water from Guatemala

Territory is Life: Women’s Perspectives on Land and Water from Guatemala By Jackie McVicar Reposted from Caminando Energy For What? And For Whom? “For thousands of years, the river protected our ancestors and our ancestors took care and respected the river in perfect balance. The River was our Life and Life belonged to the river.” [...]

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