On October 15, 2020, the Xinka Parliament announced that Guatemalan authorities have finally recognized their representatives elected to participate in a consultation on the Escobal silver mine. Along with other agreements, this breakthrough could allow the court-ordered process over the future of the mine to advance after being stalled for over two years. As part of its […]
– 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.
Xinka Parliament Announces Breakthrough in Escobal Mine Consultation Process, Rejects Pan American Silver’s Bad Faith
By: Maria Reyes, BTS Two years have passed since the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ordered the Ministry of Energy and Mines to consult with the Xinka people regarding the Escobal mine and other extractive projects. The ruling from September 3rd, 2018, case file 4785-2017, affirmed the fight, organization, and identity of the Xinka People. This […]
By: Laura Robinson, BTS Research & Communications Assistant On October 7th, 2020, judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez of High-Risk Court B decided that Francisco Cuxúm Alvarado will face trial for crimes against humanity in the case brought forward by 36 Maya Achi women for sexual violence that occurred during the internal armed conflict. Francisco Cuxúm Alvarado […]
By: Este Chep, BTS Interim Guatemala Coordinator and Stacey Gomez, BTS Maritimes Coordinator September 15th marks Independence Day in Guatemala. This year marks 199 years since the transfer of power from the Spanish Crown to the European elites and their descendants in Guatemala. Many Indigenous people and organizations in Guatemala question whether this is something […]
Since the 1980s, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) has sought to respond to the needs and issues defined by our Guatemalan partners based on the principles of relationship-building, solidarity and mutuality. As a grassroots network with this shared commitment, we undertake initiatives such as advocacy, public education and cross-cultural learning. We know that anti-racism […]