Current Events in Guatemala

UPDATE: Political situation in Guatemala in lead up to June elections

The upcoming elections have been marred in controversy and there is still a lack of clarity on the top three presidential candidates in Guatemala: Thelma Aldana, the former attorney general, Sandra Torres, last election’s runner-up and ex-wife of former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom, and Zury Rios, extreme right wing candidate and daughter of de-facto president [...]

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Upcoming hearing in case of 36 Achi women & update on Amnesty Law

On April 22- 23, the intermediary phase of the hearing against six men accused of sexual violence against 36 Achi women from Rabinal, Guatemala will continue. The court is set to decide if there is enough evidence to send the hearing to trial. The survivors have denounced continued threats and intimidation by the families of [...]

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Congress member Leocadio Juracan holds ministries to task over Escobal Mine

Member of Congress and former national coordinator of the Comite Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA) held a congressional hearing on March 21 to question the Guatemalan Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Finance and the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Office on the [...]

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Quesada wins historic victory against energy company!

The community of Quesada, Jutiapa celebrated a historic victory on March 24, after a three year struggle against Alternative Renewable Energy, a Guatemalan-based company which cut down over 25,000 trees to plant eucalyptus to be used as an energy source. For two years, the community organized into 24-hour turns at the entrance of the property [...]

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Deadline extended: BTS Community Development & Human Rights Cooperant Program!

We’ve extended the deadline for the BTS Community Development and Human Rights Cooperant Program! Deadline:  April 4, 2019 @ midnight We invite people of all ages and backgrounds to apply for the BTS Community Development & Human Rights Cooperant Program! BTS seeks to create a team of 6-8 cooperants who will work in short-term human rights observation [...]

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