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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!

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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.

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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

Organizational Sign Ons Needed: Urgent Action re Murder of Indigenous Leader Daniel Pop Choc

*Please send organizational sign ons to  no later than Monday, July 4.* En Francais ici. Jimmy Morales Cabrera, President of the Republic of Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, Attorney General and Head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office Carlos Moran, Secretary for Agrarian Affairs – SAA Mario Estuardo Mendez Cobar, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food – MAGA [...]

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Action Urgent: Daniel Pop Choc

Jimmy Morales Cabrera, président de la République du Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, procureur général et responsable du Bureau du Procureur Carlos Moran, secrétaire aux Affaires Agraires – SAA Mario Estuardo Mendez Cobar, ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Élevage et de l’Alimentation – MAGA Francisco Rivas Lara, ministre de l’Intérieur Directeur général, Axel López, Fontierras Jorge de Leon [...]

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International Human Rights Volunteer(s) Needed in Guatemala

International Human Rights Volunteer(s) Needed in Guatemala The Highland’s Committee of Peasant Farmers (CCDA), a campesino organization with more than 30 years of experience working for land rights in Guatemala, is immediately seeking an international volunteer(s) to support indigenous Q’eqchi communities facing land conflicts in the municipality of Coban, Alta Verapaz. With increased recent threats, [...]

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Report Back: Caravan for Dignity to Northern Huehuetenango

By Lisa Rankin Guatemala City, Guatemala From April 6 to 9, I had the opportunity to participate in the Caravan for Dignity, Community Resistance and the Liberation of the Political Prisoners of Huehuetenango. We traveled to Northern Huehuetenango, from Santa Eulalia, to Santa Cruz Barillas to Ixquisis. These communities have all been affected by a [...]

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Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Awards Honours Life of Guatemala Youth Activist

Topacio Reynoso Pacheco was a vibrant, smart, creative, hardworking, artistic, poetic, musical 16 year old when her life was taken during an April 13, 2014 armed attack that also left her father, Alex, in serious condition. A daughter, sister, friend and activist, Topacio was part of a community and family that has adamantly resisted Tahoe [...]

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