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Justice for the 36 Achi Women: Speaking Tour with Gloria Reyes!

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Information on recent events of escalating tension and conflict in Xinka communities

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 [...]

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Guatemalan elections this weekend

Guatemalans will go to the election polls this weekend to vote for mayors, members of Congress, governors and the first round of the presidential election. The clear frontrunner for president is Sandra Torres, from the UNE party. Torres is the ex-wife of Alvaro Colom, president of Guatemala from 2008- 2014. Torres has been accused of [...]

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June 6th Update from Case of 36 Achi Survivors of Sexual Violence

On Thursday, June 6th, a Guatemala City Court held the latest preliminary hearing against 6 former Civil Patrollers accused of committing sexual violence in Rabinal during the Internal Armed Conflict. The case has been brought forward by 36 Achi survivors of sexual violence committed from 1981 to 1985. Thursday’s hearing saw the defense present evidence [...]

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