Call-out: Emergency Accompanier Needed for CCDA

We are looking for someone who has previous experience as a human rights accompanier, strong Spanish language skills and an understanding of both the work of BTS and the CCDA (Highland Small Farmers Committee). For more info, visit us here.

BTS solidarity with the CCDA throughout the Maritimes

Throughout the Maritimes, BTS members and supporters express their solidarity with long-time BTS partner, the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). In May, three members of the CCDA were killed. More here.

Check out our 2017 Year in Review!

Our Year in Review provides an overview of what we were up to in 2017 and an update on what’s been going on in Guatemala. You can read it here. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers to making our work possible!

#NosDuelen56: Solidarity actions for International Women’s Day and Throughout March!

March 8th, 2018 (International Women’s Day), marks the tragic 1 year anniversary of the Hogar Seguro fire, which claimed the lives of 41 girls and young women in Guatemala and left 15 others severely injured. Take action to demand justice now!

Lets keep on breaking the silence…donate today!

You are Breaking the Silence. And your donations help us to continue to build relationships of solidarity and friendship, speak out against injustice and be present when it is most needed.  Donate to our  fundraising campaign today!

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.

– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

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.

– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998

“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.”

– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)

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. 

– Bertolt Brecht

Take Action: Demand Tahoe Resources respect Guatemalan communities’ “No” to mining

For seven years, communities have peacefully and democratically demonstrated their opposition to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in Guatemala. In an open letter to the Canadian company’s new CEO, James Voorhees, and Executive Chair, Kevin McArthur, the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa and the Xinka People’s Parliament of Guatemala insist that Tahoe end the [...]

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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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Summer Bulletin

Check out our latest newsletter for updates from Guatemala, news from the network and more! You’ll find it here. Sign up here to get the newsletter right in your inbox!

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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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