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As survivors of Guatemala's war demand justice for massacres, torture, and massive displacement, NISGUA supports the genocide cases and other ground-breaking cases against former dictators for genocide and crimes against humanity.
(Photo: James Rodriguez, www.mimundo.org)

NISGUA volunteers work with human rights defenders in Guatemala.



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NISGUA  advocates for community rights to free, prior, and informed consent in areas facing open-pit mining and other large-scale development projects, like the  Xalalá dam.
(Photo: People express opposition
to the Xalalá dam.)


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From promoting ground-breaking struggles for women’s and indigenous rights, to providing human rights monitoring, NISGUA celebrates the accomplishments we have achieved together as a strong and active U.S. grassroots network. Read about our accomplishments in 2013(PDF).


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Thanks to Buddy Rutzke for helping manage our website and to James Rodriguez for sharing his photos so generously. Read more at James Rodriguez's MiMundo.org.

Letter to Guatemala's Attorney General regarding legal processes around the Escobal mine poject

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NISGUA links people in the U.S. and Guatemala in the grassroots global struggle for justice, human dignity, and respect for the Earth.   ........................................................................................................................

Seeking Human Rights Accompaniers in Guatemala!
Application Deadline: May 5

May2014recruitment.jpgDue to an opening in our upcoming Guatemala Accompaniment Project (G.A.P.) training, we are currently accepting applications for human rights accompaniers to join us this June 2014 in the Bay Area, CA for our G.A.P. training. See our flyer for more details and our application materials to apply by May 5 and serve as a human rights accompanier this year in Guatemala.

Interested in G.A.P. but not quite ready to apply? Our next G.A.P. training is scheduled for January 2015 and we weill accept applications on a rolling basis through October.


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Join NISGUA for our 2014 House Party Season:

Say NO to Reinstatement of US Military Aid to Guatemala!

SipakapaDid you know that April 15 is the Global Day of Action on Military Spending? Join us as we mobilize our incredible grassroots network to inform our communities about the harms of reinstating military aid to Guatemala and take action during the month of April. Host a house party or attend one in your area! Write Courtney@nisgua.org for more information.

Be a part of the movement and participate in our online action and call on Secretary of State John Kerry to deny certification of State Department funds to Guatemala.

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Xalalá Dam: Communities maintain opposition as project moves forward

xalalaNISGUA has walked alongside those threatened by the Xalalá Hydroelectric Dam for nearly a decade, providing human rights accompaniment to local communities, during referenda, workshops, public forums and delegations to Guatemala City. As the project moves forward, it is increasingly important to demonstrate ongoing solidarity with communities defending their territory and right to self-determination.

In addition to our in-depth report, Xalalá Dam: Communities maintain opposition as project moves forward, review our blog coverage of recent events surrounding the Xalalá Dam, including an ‘emergency’ contract signed with a Brazilian company to conduct feasibility studies and an attempt to militarize the community of Xalalá.

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Constitutional Court Ruling Forces Paz y Paz Out in May


Guatemala’s Constitutional Court confirmed in February that current Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz’s term will end in May, seven months before her expected end date. Paz y Paz has submitted paperwork for her to be considered for reelection. President Otto Pérez Molina will choose from a select pool of candidates and appoint the new Attorney General in May.

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Sipakapa is Still Not For Sale!


SipakapaIn December of last year, the Maya Sipakapense Council presented a complaint before Guatemala’s Constitutional Court requesting the annulment of the Los Chocoyos mining license on their territory. Los Chocoyos is the newest project by Canadian company Goldcorp. The people of Sipaka have made their opposition to mining known and in the face of this most recent threat to their territory, remind us that Sipakapa is still not for sale.

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Santa Cruz Barillas Leaders Continue to Face Criminalization

saulyrogelio.jpgA hearing set for March 4, 2014 in the cases of six leaders from Santa Cruz Barillas was cancelled. Two of the leaders, Saúl Méndez and Rogelio Velásquez, were first arbitrarily detained in May 2012 during the state of siege in Barillas and were later rearrested in August 2013 on separate charges. The four other Barillas leaders are accused by Hidro Santa Cruz employees of supposed crimes that happened nearly a year ago.

The Departamental Assembly of Huehuetenango denounces the ongoing cases against the political prisoners, saying: “The orchestrated “legal” cases form part of a strategy of criminalization in order to undermine the defense of territory.”

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Celebrate NISGUA's 2013 Accomplishments


Looking back over the past year, we know that 2013 will forever mark a turning point in Guatemalan history. For the first time, a former head of state has been tried and convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity in the very same country where those atrocities were committed – 2013 is a year that many all over the world, believed would never come.

Please, take a moment to reflect upon the victories we have shared and celebrate the deep relationships we have grown with our 2013 accomplishments.
 
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Solidarity T-shirts Available in NISGUA's Gift Shop!

tshirt2013.jpgIn the wake of the historic genocide trial, our 2013 solidarity tee exhibits stunning graffiti art from the very first public hearing with Efraín Ríos Montt in January 2012. The colorful image is paired with a beautiful black-and-white drawing of an ear of corn, featuring the faces of Guatemalans who have given their life to the struggle for justice as each kernel.


Our "Exigimos Justicia" t-shirt is a unique addition to your wardrobe and a great way to show your support for NISGUA. Buy your own t-shirt today!

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Exercising Rights: Communities Defend Territory

NISGUA's most recent quarterly report explores the connections between extractive industries and growing conflict in Guatemala. The in-depth report highlights Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine and community-based resistance organized around it as a legitimate form of opposition, despite ongoing criminalization. Please, join us in learning more about our work with natural resource defenders and read "Exercising Rights: Communities Defend Territory."
 
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Guatemalan Indigenous Organizations File Complaint over Mining Law with IACHR

CPOOn Tuesday, September 3, Guatemala's Western Peoples' Council of Mayan organizations (CPO) filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) alleging that the country’s mining law was approved without their prior consultation as required under both national and international law. The IACHR is the last resort for the CPO, which has exhausted all domestic recourse to halt violations as a result of current mining legislation.

Read our press release on this important action in English or Spanish.

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A Historic Verdict, Shadowed by the Past

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For an in-depth analysis of the complex web of recent events in Guatemala including  the groundbreaking conviction of Ríos Montt, the backlash of impunity that resulted in the overturn of the verdict and the ongoing repression and militarization in rural communities, please read our most recent report: A Historic Verdict, Shadowed by the Past.


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NISGUA's Genocide Trial Coverage: The Complete Collection


While we await the next steps of the genocide trial, we are honored to provide an accessible archive of the daily coverage we provided from day one of the trial. Please read and share this historic collection.
 
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Ríos Montt: Sentenced to 80 Years in Prison for
Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity


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Following the genocide trial conclusions, statement by Benjamin Jerónimo on behalf of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation and official close to the trial, Judge Yassmín Barrios found former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Ríos Montt was sentenced of 80 years in prison and is now in police custody. Former intelligence director Rodriguez Sánchez was acquitted of all charges.

Now and over three decades in solidarity with the people of Guatemala, NISGUA thanks you for your constant vigilance and accompaniment of the survivors, witnesses, and human rights defenders that have made this day possible.

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ixil mantaIn honor of our collective stories and our strength, we have compiled a rich sampling of letters written by former NISGUA accompaniers, reflecting first hand accounts of the genocide case over the past 13 years. We marvel at the power of their words and how far we have come. Please read Letters for Justice, a truly inspiring collection of the many voices that compose NISGUA.

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Greeting Cards and Guatemalan Fair Trade Coffee

NISGUA is proud to partner with the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (Comité Campesino del Altiplano - CCDA) and Just Coffee Cooperative to bring you delicious fair trade coffee from Guatemala.

With our network, we have also prepared a stunning set of blank greeting cards for all occasions.


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Powerful Resources on Guatemala

-  Gold or Life
-  Evictions in the Polochic Valley 
 
Contact our Oakland office for copies of the last two, we encourage you to host a screening in your community!
(Photo: Jean-Marie Simon)
 

Every Memory Matters project is also in full swing.  Please share far and wide!



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