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Indigenous Communities Bring Guatemala to a Standstill

Featured image: Protesters gathered at Los Encuentros, by Anna Watts    by Anna Watts / Intercontinental Cry Indigenous communities across Guatemala have brought the country to a standstill for the second day in a row. Blockading major crossroads and highways, the nationwide peaceful demonstrations are protesting against the Guatemalan congress’s rejection of a constitutional reform … Continue reading Indigenous Communities Bring Guatemala to a Standstill

Hidro Santa Cruz leaves Guatemala

     by Real World Radio via Intercontinental Cry After eight years of struggle, communities in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala, are celebrating a decision by Spanish company Ecoener-Hidralia to leave Guatemala and start the “process of extinction of Hidro Santa Cruz S.A.” The Dec. 29 announcement signals the end to a tragic legacy of political persecution … Continue reading Hidro Santa Cruz leaves Guatemala

Maya Q’eqchi’ Women Survivors of Sexual Violence in Guatemala Demand Justice

By Jhonathan F. Gómez / Upside Down World All photos from Supreme Court trial by Jhonathan F. Gómez Maya Q’eqchi’ women survivors recently entered the Supreme Court in Guatemala as part of the Sepur Zarco case to demand justice for sexual violence, sexual and domestic slavery, forced disappearances and murder, crimes committed during the internal … Continue reading Maya Q’eqchi’ Women Survivors of Sexual Violence in Guatemala Demand Justice

Guatemala: First Trial for Systematic Violations of Indigenous Women

By Pamela Leiva Jacquelín / Servindi / via Intercontinental Cry Featured image: Indigenous woman testifies at a law court in Guatemala, 2012. Photo: Sandra Sebastián Guatemala’s recent history bears the mark of a 36 year long, painful internal armed conflict, during which the State systematically violated the rights of the Mayan population. According to the Report of the … Continue reading Guatemala: First Trial for Systematic Violations of Indigenous Women

Guatemala Court Upholds Unprecedented Ecocide Charge

By Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry In a second major win for Indigenous-led environmental movements—and other mobilizations in defense of nature—an appellate court in Guatemala has upheld the unprecedented charge of ecocide against Spanish African palm oil corporation, Empresa Reforestadora de Palma de Petén SA—otherwise known as REPSA—denying a recent appeal that sought to overturn it. … Continue reading Guatemala Court Upholds Unprecedented Ecocide Charge

Canadian Mining Companies Responsible for Decades of Violence in Guatemala

By Scott Price / Intercontinental Cry Featured image: Francisco Tiul Tut mourns the burning and destruction of his home in Barrio La Revolucion. On January 8th and 9th, 2007, the Guatemalan Nickel Company, local subsidiary of Canadian Skye Resources, ordered the forced eviction of five Q’eqchi’ Mayan communities around Lake Izabal in El Estor and Panzos, Guatemala … Continue reading Canadian Mining Companies Responsible for Decades of Violence in Guatemala

Resource Exploitation in Guatemala Abuses Women’s Rights

By teleSUR Women from various Guatemalan communities struggling against resource extraction projects often face repression, criminalization, and violence.  Mining projects and resource extraction in Guatemala exacerbate the discrimination and violence that women face in all areas of Guatemalan society, Rights Action Director Grahame Russell told teleSUR English Thursday. “Repression and human rights violations caused by … Continue reading Resource Exploitation in Guatemala Abuses Women’s Rights

Guatemala: Two Indigenous Prisoners Released after Years in Prison on False Charges

By Cultural Survival Two Q’anjobal Maya community leaders who were imprisoned in Guatemala for the past two years, have finally been declared innocent and released. A regional Guatemalan criminal court found the two men to be absolved of all charges on October 28, 2015. Rogelio Velasquez and Saul Mendez had been unfairly imprisoned as a … Continue reading Guatemala: Two Indigenous Prisoners Released after Years in Prison on False Charges

Territories of Life: A Free Video Toolkit for Indigenous Peoples About Land and Rights

By Intercontinental Cry Territories of Life is a video toolkit with a purpose. It’s aim: to bring stories of resistance, resilience and hope to indigenous communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. Produced by our friends at LifeMosaic, a non-profit based in Scotland, the Territories of Life toolkit consists of ten stories that … Continue reading Territories of Life: A Free Video Toolkit for Indigenous Peoples About Land and Rights

State of Siege: Mining Conflict Escalates in Guatemala

By Sandra Cuffe This article was originally published by Upside Down World on May 2, 2013, and is republished here with permission from the author. With the world’s attention focused on the on-again off-again genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and his head of military intelligence in Guatemala City, there has been … Continue reading State of Siege: Mining Conflict Escalates in Guatemala