7 de febrero, 2018 (Ciudad de Halifax / Ciudad de Guatemala) Para la Red Rompiendo el Silencio de las Provincias Marítimas y Guatemala (RES), el reciente anuncio del nombramiento del Ombudsman Canadiense para la Empresa Responsable podría ser un paso hacia una mayor responsabilidad de las empresas, aunque su eficacia aún está por verse. La [...]
– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s
If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998
Peace is possible – a peace that is born from the truth that comes from each one of us and from all of us. It is a painful truth…it is a liberating and humanizing truth…It is a truth that challenges each one of us to recognize our individual and collective responsibility and to commit ourselves to action.
– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)
“Breaking the Silence means listening to those who’ve been silent for far too long, and once the silence is broken, it is amazing what you can hear.”
– Bertolt Brecht
Hay hombres que luchan un dia y son buenos. Hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores. Hay quienes luchan muchos años y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida: esos son los imprescindibles.
Comunicado: Ombudsman de los derechos humanos para las empresas Canadienses podría ser un paso en la dirección correcta, dice RES
“We went to the mountains because we didn’t have a house, we didn’t have anywhere to live. The food ran out- we didn’t have any corn. We just ate leaves.”- Doña Juana, genocide survivor from Chajul, Quiche. She spent seven years in the mountains. The genocide trial against former de facto president Efrain Rios Montt [...]
Press Release: Human rights ombudsperson for Canadian corporations could be a step in the right direction, says BTS
January 24, 2018 (Halifax / Guatemala City) For the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), the recently announced Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise could be a step towards increased corporate accountability, though its effectiveness remains to be seen. The office will have the power to investigate human rights complaints against Canadian companies operating abroad and [...]
On Friday, January 20, 2018, Maria Cuc Choc made her first appearance in front of a judge in Puerto Barrios for her arraignment hearing. Maria is no stranger to the legal system in her town. For years she has supported communities in the struggle to secure legal certainty for ancestral lands. But this time, she [...]
On January 18, 2018, community leader and human rights activist Maria Choc was detained in Puerto Barrios. She is an outspoken opponent to the Fenix Nickel mine in El Estor, Izabal, the expansion of african palm in the Polochic region, and a leader in the struggle for access for land in the community of Chab’il [...]