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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence November 25 – December 10

Written by Betsy Pocop. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, and December 10 – International Human Rights Day – is the final day.  This 16 days of activism is recognized internationally. The International Day […]

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Guatemalan Peasants Sue Canadian Mining Company Hudbay

BY LAURA LYNCH ⋅ A small group of Guatemalans from remote villages has made a long trek to Toronto in search of justice. Five of them are suing a Canadian mining company. They all claim Hudbay Minerals is liable for violence that left one man dead, another in a wheelchair and a group of women victims of […]

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Strengthening the “Instancia”

BTS signs on to a letter directed to the President of Guatemala, with copies sent appropriate ministries and governmental institutions, whereby the international community expresses its concern over the increase of attacks against human rights defenders – particularly among which those who work in favour of indigenous rights and a healthy environment. The letter urges the government […]

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Demand protection for the communities in resistance in San Jose del Golfo

As you read this, the communities in resistance to mining in San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc are holding their ground at the roadblock they have maintained since March of this year as they are threatened by a large group of pro-mining provocateurs. Please contact the US Embassy in Guatemala and the US mining […]

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Rios Mont will be tried for genocide

Doña Teresa I met her in 2003 when she was giving her testimony to a social anthropologist, a psychologist and an Ixil-Spanish translator. Well under five – feet tall, she told the story of how she was gang-raped by soldiers of the Guatemalan army in her village just outside of the town of the Nebaj, […]

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