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TAKE ACTION: Canada must provide promised powers to Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

In January 2018, the government announced that it would create an independent office with the power to investigate. Instead, on April 8, 2019, it unveiled a powerless advisory post, little different from what has already existed for years. The Government of Canada failed to appoint an independent Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) with real powers […]

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Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis

A new report Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis examines the ongoing consultation process of the Xinka people by Guatemala’s Ministry of Energy and Mines during the 2020 Constitutional Crisis. The document was produced by EarthWorks, IPS- Global Economy Program and the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network. The […]

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Happy Holidays from Breaking the Silence

Dear friends, As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to reflect on our past year together. With the beginning of the global pandemic in March, we had to adjust our work in Guatemala and explore how best to support our partners in the new COVID-19 reality. One of our […]

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Update to the BTS Network: COVID-19’s Impacts on Partners’ work

The second wave of COVID-19 is sweeping the world. In the North, we expect impending vaccine shipments and the beginnings of massive vaccination campaigns. However, in Guatemala, the failed disbursement of governmental aid and continued government corruption has left the guarantee of vaccination for the most vulnerable in a precarious state and confidence in the […]

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LETTER: OAS urged not to be complicit in human rights violations in Guatemala

On December 1st, 2020, Xinka, Ixil and Garifuna authorities met with a mission from the Organization of American States (OAS). They called on the OAS to recommend that President Giammetei and the Congress’ Executive Council resign and cease attacks against the Constitutional Court and Human Rights Ombudsperson. See below for a joint letter issued by […]

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