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Xinka Parliament Announces Breakthrough in Escobal Mine Consultation Process, Rejects Pan American Silver’s Bad Faith

On October 15, 2020, the Xinka Parliament announced that Guatemalan authorities have finally recognized their representatives elected to participate in a consultation on the Escobal silver mine. Along with other agreements, this breakthrough could allow the court-ordered process over the future of the mine to advance after being stalled for over two years.  As part of its […]

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Two Years After the Ruling: A Historic Achievement in the fight and resistance of the Xinka People

By: Maria Reyes, BTS Two years have passed since the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ordered the Ministry of Energy and Mines to consult with the Xinka people regarding the Escobal mine and other extractive projects.  The ruling from September 3rd, 2018, case file 4785-2017, affirmed the fight, organization, and identity of the Xinka People. This […]

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Weaving Justice: Update on the case of the 36 Maya Achi women

By: Laura Robinson, BTS Research & Communications Assistant On October 7th, 2020, judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez of High-Risk Court B decided that Francisco Cuxúm Alvarado will face trial for crimes against humanity in the case brought forward by 36 Maya Achi women for sexual violence that occurred during the internal armed conflict.  Francisco Cuxúm Alvarado […]

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Reflecting on Independence Day in Guatemala

By: Este Chep, BTS Interim Guatemala Coordinator and Stacey Gomez, BTS Maritimes Coordinator September 15th marks Independence Day in Guatemala. This year marks 199 years since the transfer of power from the Spanish Crown to the European elites and their descendants in Guatemala. Many Indigenous people and organizations in Guatemala question whether this is something […]

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COVID-19 Solidarity Fund for Guatemalan Partners

Five months after our initial response actions, our partners and staff in Guatemala confirm that the situation throughout the country continues to drastically deteriorate, despite the Guatemalan government’s assurance otherwise.  It is evident that Guatemala along with the majority of Latin American countries are entering a long haul, with difficulties stemming from the pandemic and […]

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