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Communities impacted by Tahoe’s Escobal mine deliver letter demanding end to project

The Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa & Jutiapa and the Xinca People’s Parliament sent a letter to Tahoe Resources and their wholly-owned subsidiary, Minera San Rafael, expressing firm opposition to their Escobal silver mine & reiterating their demand for its permanent closure. On August 14th, the letter was hand delivered by directly impacted community [...]

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Thirty-six Achi women survivors struggle for justice: Sexual violence case begins in Rabinal

By Lisa Rankin, BTS Guatemala Coordinator May 11, 2018 was the day the women had been waiting for; after years of gathering testimonies, psychosocial support, preparation and investigation, the National Civil Police and Public Prosecutor arrested six men, former military commissioners in Rabinal, accused of sexual violence during the Internal Armed Conflict. However, the police [...]

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Letter of Concern to Guatemalan Attorney General After Murder of Estuardo Quevedo

Ministerio Público Attorney General María Consuelo Porras Argueta 15 Avenida 15-16 Zona 1, Edificio Gerona, 8 Nivel Guatemala, CA 1 August, 2018 Dear Attorney General María Consuelo Porras Argueta: We are writing to express our profound sadness and concern at the killing of human rights defender Ángel Estuardo Quevedo in the municipality of Santa Rosa [...]

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Murder of Adolfo Chon Pacay, community member supported by Rabinal Legal Clinic (Bufete)

Adolfo Chon Pacay, community member from Dos Fuentes in Panima, Purulha, Baja Verapaz was assasinated on Friday, July 20. The community has been supported by the Asociacion Bufete Juridico Popular in Rabinal for the last few years. The land owner claims ownership to about 200 caballerias of land, but until recently the community still had [...]

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“Your struggle inspires us,” write members of the BTS 2018 Delegation

Participants in the BTS 2018 delegation wrote a letter in solidarity for members of the Xinka and community resistance at Casillas and the Constitutional Court, who are peacefully protesting against Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine. The delegation met some members of the resistance in front of the Constitutional Court on May 16th. Their letter comes after the [...]

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