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99% of the crimes committed during Guatemala's war have not been brought to justice. 
 Did You Know? 

 > Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled during the bloodiest period of the war, was found guilty for genocide and crimes against humanity and crimes against humanity. While the verdict was later annulled, the sentence lives on in the hearts of the genocide survivors.

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The Xalalá hydro-electric dam was rejected by 89% of participants in a local referendum because it could displace thousands of indigenous people and damage farmlands and forests. 

Almost 400 mining concessions have been granted to transnational gold, silver, nickel, and zinc companies in Guatemala, posing severe threats to rural communities' social and environmental well-being. 



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Introduction to G.A.P.

NISGUA’s Guatemala Accompaniment Project (G.A.P.) participates in the global struggle to ensure the respect of human rights by placing volunteers side-by-side with individuals, communities and organizations working on sensitive issues ranging from precedent-setting legal cases to indigenous rights and environmental justice. In communities, courtrooms and public activities, G.A.P.'s presence in Guatemala has created the space for Guatemalans to organize in defense of their own rights by enabling activists to advance their work more publically and effectively than they could without accompaniment.

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Statement of Purpose and Guiding Principles

G.A.P. provides, when requested, international human rights accompaniers for Guatemalan communities, individuals, and grassroots organizations that work nonviolently to achieve social justice, respect for human rights, and peace.

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Become a Human Rights Accompanier in Guatemala

Sound interesting? Become a human rights accompanier in Guatemala! Accompaniers act as human rights observers who provide a constant international presence to Guatemalan activists. G.A.P. is always looking for qualified candidates to be accompaniers.  
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The People We Accompany

We accompany individuals, communities, and organizations working on sensitive human rights issues, including witnesses involved in ground-breaking legal cases and grassroots groups opposing harmful mega-"development" projects on their lands. 

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Local Sponsoring Communities

Sponsoring Communities provide the resources and energy for ongoing accompaniment to be possible in Guatemala. Their long-term commitment to human rights, accompaniment and maintaining a relationship with a sister community in Guatemala is a key element to the sustainability of G.A.P. and the ten plus years of accompaniment we have been able to provide in Guatemala. 

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Accomplishments

Guatemala Accompaniment Project (G.A.P) staff has trained and placed more than 145 human rights monitors in returned refugee and internally displaced communities, with human rights organizations, genocide survivors and activists since the project  began in 1995.

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G.A.P. Calendar

Learn about upcoming training dates, important application deadlines and G.A.P. events.

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Contact G.A.P.

Questions? Interested in learning more? Call or email our U.S. Program Coordinator.

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