Tag Archives: q’eqchi’

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Update: As of January 15, the Guatemalan government has reportedly repealed Executive Order 370-2012, following talks with human rights institutions.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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Amnesty Intl. Urgent Action: Indigenous farmer killed in land conflict

UA: 157/11 (Ver enlace para versión en español.) Index: AMR 34/005/2011 Guatemala Date: 1 June 2011 Date: 1 June 2011 URGENT ACTION INDIGENOUS FARMER KILLED OVER Land dispute On 21 May, Indigenous farmer , Oscar Reyes, was killed , and three other farm workers were injured, while tending … Continue reading

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“Report of an Injustice”

Update March 21: Amnesty International Urgent Action 83/11: “Forced eviction of communities in Guatemala” On March 19, 2011, the 44th anniversary of the torture and murder of poet and guerrilla Otto René Castillo and his comrade Nora Paiz by the … Continue reading

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Massive wave of evictions of indigenous rural communities in Guatemala

Update March 21: Amnesty International Urgent Action 83/11: “Forced eviction of communities in Guatemala” 20 March: “Evictions in Polochic Valley Denounced” – Short article on NISGUA’s blog with information from a press conference held March 18 by the National Coordination of … Continue reading

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Absence: poem for Catalina Mucú Maas

A friend writes: “The 8th of March was International Women’s Day. All day my inbox flooded with emails acknowledging the brave women who have campaigned over the years for equality and justice. Then the following day, I received a beautiful … Continue reading

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Amnesty Intl. Urgent Action: Indigenous Community Activists Murdered

UA 39/11 AI Index: AMR 34/001/2011 of 22 February 2011 GUATEMALA: INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS MURDERED Three human rights defenders from a Maya Q’eqchi’ rural community were killed in Rio Dulce, Izabal, eastern Guatemala. The activists, all university students and campaigners … Continue reading

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