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Guatemala: Reconciliation or retrenchment?

Springfield, Massachusetts - Fifteen years after ending its brutal internal conflict, Guatemala is beset by gang violence, drug trafficking, an intolerable crime rate and near complete impunity for the atrocities committed during the war. Retired army general Otto Perez Molina, elected on an “iron fist” platform by Guatemalans weary of unrelenting violence, will take office on [...]

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Justice for the Murder of Adolfo Ich Chaman

International Civil Society Organizations Call for Justice for the Murder of Adolfo Ich Chaman Guatemala City, Guatemala – Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 27 organizations and networks from Europe and North America have signed on to a letter calling on the Guatemalan government to fully investigate the murder of Adolfo Ich Chaman in El Estor, Guatemala. He was [...]

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International Civil Society Organizations Call for Justice for the Murder of Adolfo Ich Chaman

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 27 organizations and networks from Europe and North America have signed on to a letter calling on the Guatemalan government to fully investigate the murder of Adolfo Ich Chaman in El Estor, Guatemala. He was reportedly killed on September 27, 2009 by private security employed by Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel [...]

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Fundraising Request

Dear Breaking the Silence Friends, We thank you for your support and once again seek your aid in order to nurture and deepen Breaking the Silence’s solidarity work with Guatemala. As you know, BTS has been working with Guatemalan partners and friends for 20 years. In this time of economic imbalance and poverty, more than [...]

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Electing for Forgetting the Past – Guatemalan Elections 2011

As many of you know, the final round of the elections in Guatemala took place on November 6, 2011. Tension was high leading up to this date given that the two contenders, Manuel Baldizon and Otto Perez Molina, represent right-wing interests the former calling for the return of the death penalty. In the case of Perez Molina, [...]

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