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Information on recent events of escalating tension and conflict in Xinka communities

Español abajo Xinka Parliament’s urgent comuniqué regarding the violent events of June 23, 2019 On Sunday, June 23, 2019, representatives from the Xinka Parliament, including their lawyer, Quelvin Jiménez, were violently expelled from the Xinka community of San Francisco Jumaytepeque, Nueva Santa Rosa. The Xinka Parliament representatives had been invited to observe the community assembly [...]

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Guatemalan elections this weekend

Guatemalans will go to the election polls this weekend to vote for mayors, members of Congress, governors and the first round of the presidential election. The clear frontrunner for president is Sandra Torres, from the UNE party. Torres is the ex-wife of Alvaro Colom, president of Guatemala from 2008- 2014. Torres has been accused of [...]

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Apply Now! 2019 BTS Delegation to Guatemala: Land Rights are Human Rights

Join BTS for our 2019 delegation to Guatemala from November 9 to 21, 2019. This year’s thematic delegation will focus on our partners’ struggles for the access and protection of land and territory. This delegation will be particularly timely as it follows the June elections in Guatemala, with officials taking power in January 2020. Cost [...]

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OPINION: Still waiting for an effective mining Ombudsperson

This article originally appeared in The Chronicle Herald here.  STACEY GOMEZ For years, people throughout the Maritimes have been advocating for the creation of an independent ombudsperson for the extractive sector with the powers needed to be effective. Despite the appointment of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) on April 8, we are still [...]

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Convocatoria para la 4a Anual Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco para Jóvenes

El Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco para Jóvenes se presenta anualmente a un grupo juvenil guatemalteco que trabaja para proteger el medio ambiente y su comunidad, combinando arte, música y resistencia. Este premio fue creado en 2016 para honrar la vida y lucha de Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, artista y activista ambiental de Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, asesinada el [...]

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