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GuateSec: Impunity, or justice for crimes of the past?

Update: As of January 15, the Guatemalan government has reportedly repealed Executive Order 370-2012, following talks with human rights institutions. The Defense Ministry in turn ordered the classification of information relating to Military structure and equipment during the Ríos Montt regime in … Continue reading

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Testimony of Polochíc Valley evictions and killings: video and mapping resources

Last weekend I attended an event in Guatemala City where three Maya-Q’eqchi’ campesinos – rural workers – shared testimony of their experiences during and following the violent evictions of 12 Q’eqchi’ communities in the Polochíc Valley region of north-eastern Guatemala … Continue reading

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Mega-projects in the Petén and popular resistance

Following my recent editorial letter published online by the Seattle Times, I want to help make available some new documents prepared by Resistencia de los Pueblos, a collective of Guatemalan community members and activists accompanying their campaigns for the defense … Continue reading

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Laguna del Tigre and Petén: State-sanctioned industrial development displaces people, degrades environment

The Seattle Times published on its website a letter I wrote in response to a deeply problematic article about  indigenous and peasant communities living in Protected Areas in the department of Petén, Guatemala.  In recent months, these communities have faced … Continue reading

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Maya convergences in Guatemala City for defense of natural resources and territorial rights

Communities affected by hydroelectric dam demand reparations; Indigenous and campesino organizations take legal fight to GoldCorp Earlier this week, on Wednesday July 28, two separate mobilizations of Guatemalan indigenous peoples’ organizations arrived in Guatemala City to demand justice for the … Continue reading

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