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Op-ed: Ongoing solidarity needed amid technical coup in Guatemala

This op-ed was published in The Guardian on January 29th, 2019. UPDATE: On January 23rd, the Constitutional Court unanimously voted to suspend, on a provisional basis, the proceedings which could have led to the impeachment of 3 Constitutional Court judges. Meanwhile, right-wing interest groups in the country continue to advocate for this process, which threatens judicial [...]

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Letter of concern to Canadian government on the escalating constitutional crisis in Guatemala

January 21, 2019 – Thirty Canadian civil society organizations, including BTS, have sent a letter of concern to the Government of Canada regarding the escalating constitutional crisis, as well as the technical coup currently unfolding in the country.  Ms. Rita Rudaitis-Renaud Ambassador of Canada to Guatemala 3 Calle 8-44, Zone 10 Guatemala City, Guatemala cc: [...]

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Job Opportunity: Lead Volunteer Cooperant with BTS in Guatemala

—————–Ver más abajo para versión en español —————– Lead Volunteer Cooperant Start April 2019 if possible and no later than early June Ideally live and work in Guatemala City One-year contract position including international health insurance, return airfare to Guatemala, coverage of expenses (with the possibility of renewal of a second year) 37.5 hours per [...]

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Criminalization of seven campesinos in Finca Washington case

Four men from Finca Washington case (Photo Credit: Lisa Rankin) The trial against seven campesinos from the Finca Washington in Purulha, Baja Verapaz came to a close on Wednesday, September 26th. Esteban Ichich, Hermelindo Ichich and Ricardo Chun were found guilty of violent usurpation and coercion  and sentenced to 3.5 years in jail or Q5 [...]

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Genocide retrial: Verdict against ex Chief of Military Intelligence

Ixil survivors hold a vigil outside of the Palace of Justice on Sept 26, 2018 (Photo credit: Carlos Sebastian) For many years, BTS has accompanied the trial for genocide against the Indigenous Ixil population in Guatemala. Yesterday, the retrial against former Chief of Military Intelligence Rodriguez Sanchez for genocide and crimes against humanity concluded. The high risk [...]

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