Precedent-setting step toward justice in civil suit against Tahoe in Canadian courts!

BTS welcomes a ruling by the BC Court of Appeals which enables a lawsuit against Canadian-US company Tahoe Resources to go to trial. Tahoe is accused of injury to seven peaceful protesters who were shot outside their mine in San Rafael las Flores, Guatemala. Read more here.

Urge your MP to Create an Effective #Ombudsperson for Mining Justice Now!

During his recent visit to Canada, youth and environmental activist Franklin Valenzuela spoke out about the negative impacts of Tahoe Resources in San Rafael las Flores. Take action to ensure that the Liberal government holds mining companies like Tahoe accountable!

Demand Justice for the Killing of Human Rights Defender Jeremy Barrios

Since November 12, 2016, there has been no justice for Jeremy’s assassination. Learn more and take action to express your solidarity with CALAS and Jeremy’s family.

Attacks Against Angelica Choc and Her Family

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. To find out more, read the international solidarity statement signed by BTS.

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!

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

Letter of Solidarity to Commemorate Attack at Escobal Mine Four Years Ago

To view a copy of the letter in Spanish, see here. April 27, 2017 Compañeros in this struggle, Today we commemorate four years since the attack against you by Alberto Rotondo and the security of the Escobal mine, owned by Tahoe Resources. Today we recognize that to date, there still is no justice. Also, as [...]

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FREDEMI Petition Regarding the Marlin Mine

Translation by NISGUA. For the original post in Spanish, see here.  FREDEMI Petition March 24, 2017 Attn: President of the Republic of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM); Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN); Presidential Commission for Coordinating Executive Policy in the Field of Human Rights (COPREDEH); Governing Authorities of [...]

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Convocatoria: Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco

Actualmente estamos aceptando solicitudes por el Premio Juvenil Topacio Reynoso Pacheco. El Premio se presenta anualmente a un grupo juvenil guatemalteco que trabaja para proteger el medio ambiente y su comunidad, combinando arte, música y resistencia. El comité de selección recibirá las solicitudes hasta el 20 de mayo de 2017 a las 11:59 pm a [...]

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Register now for BTS’ 2017 Annual Gathering from June 23 to 25!

We hope to see you at our Annual Gathering at the Tatamagouche Centre from June 23 at 7pm to June 25th at 1pm, 2017! We’ll be joined by Sandra Lopez, Director of the New Hope Foundation, Lilian Gonzales (a recent graduate from the school) and a current student. Come reconnect with other BTSers and hear about [...]

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May Month of Action for Mining Justice

Join us for a Month of Action for Mining Justice with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability! Although an ombudsperson for the extractive sector was not announced in the 2017 federal budget, we are not giving up! We have been told in recent meetings with senior government officials that the government still intends to create [...]

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