On September 30, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced a State of Siege in two more municipalities, now in Santa Catarina Ixahuacán and Nahualá related to a historic dispute regarding the border between the two municipalities. The Indigenous Municipality of Sololá rejects the State of Siege because it is not a good solution for communities looking […]
– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s
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.
– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998
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.
– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)
“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.”
– Bertolt Brecht
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.
By Este Chep, BTS Lead Cooperant Guatemalans headed to the polls for the second round of national elections on August 11, 2019 where Alejandro Giammattei of the newly founded VAMOS (“Lets Go”) conservative party received the majority of the votes to become the next president-elect set to take office on January 14, 2020. Giammattei was […]
From October 26-30th, we’ll be joined by Gloria Reyes, a Maya Achi lawyer with long-time BTS partner organization, the Rabinal Legal Clinic. Gloria is leading the case for justice for 36 women from Rabinal who suffered sexual violence during the Internal Armed Conflict and genocide against the Mayan people. She’ll speak throughout the Maritimes on this […]
Press Release: Groups Denounce Attacks & Defamation by Swiss Mining Company Solway Investment Group in Guatemala; Urge Constitutional Court to Follow Precedent and Shut Down Mine
The same week that Global Witness names the Central American country the deadliest in the world for environmental activists, threats against Maya Q’eqchi land defenders opposing illegal mining in their territory increase. Zurich/Berna/Washington/Berkley/Tatamagouche/Guatemala August 2, 2019 On July 29 Global Witness released a report which found Guatemala among the most dangerous countries in the world […]
Español abajo Xinka Parliament’s urgent comuniqué regarding the violent events of June 23, 2019 On Sunday, June 23, 2019, representatives from the Xinka Parliament, including their lawyer, Quelvin Jiménez, were violently expelled from the Xinka community of San Francisco Jumaytepeque, Nueva Santa Rosa. The Xinka Parliament representatives had been invited to observe the community assembly […]