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Maya Stand Trial in Belize for Defending Their Land

By Cultural Survival Thirteen Maya villagers will be standing trial in Belize on March 30th, 2016, under fabricated charges. Like many Indigenous leaders fighting to protect their lands, they are being criminalized for these actions, and may face prison time. On the early morning of June 24th, 2016, traditional leaders of the Maya people of … Continue reading Maya Stand Trial in Belize for Defending Their Land

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: 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