PBI-Guatemala visits Maya Q’eqchi’ community of Lajeb Kej and hears about life under the threat of forced eviction

PBI-Guatemala has posted: In early April we visited the Lajeb Kej community in Tucuru, Alta Verapaz. The inhabitants of the Q’eqchi’ Peoples shared their experiences with us. “We lived here before, our grandparents died here, but the bosses came to take us out. Four years ago, we returned because there Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies media conference denouncing attacks and evictions of Maya Q’eqchi’ communities

On June 11, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies UVOC and the Campesino/Peasant Council, formed by CCDA, CUC, New Day and UVOC, at their press conference in which they denounced the complicity of the authorities of Alta Verapaz with the farmers to evict Indigenous and peasant communities.” Factor 4 further explains: “The Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Maya Ch’orti’ Indigenous Council of Olopa Chiquimula to socialize Observatory of Extractive Industries research

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “On Saturday [May 18], #PBI accompanied the Maya Ch’orti’ Indigenous Council of Olopa Chiquimula in activities to socialize the findings of a research work conducted in conjunction with the OIE – Observatory of Extractive Industries (OIE). A video was projected about the impacts of antimony mining exploitation Read more…

PBI-Guatemala seeks new field volunteers, deadline to apply is June 28

Photo: PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Mayan Indigenous Council Ch’orti’ of Olopa Chiquimula in activities to socialize the findings of a research work carried out in conjunction with the Observatory of Extractive Industries (OIE). The Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project is seeking new field volunteers. Key dates in this process include: June 28 Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Chinautla and Retalhuleu communities at anti-Monsanto Law food festival

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “Yesterday [May 29] #PBIacompanies the Multisectoral of Chinautla and the Council of Communities of Retalhuleu (CCR) in a gastronomic festival for the second anniversary of the delivery of the initiative 6086 (law of Biodiversity and Ancestral Knowledge) and against the so-called Monsanto law, all celebrated at the Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the CCR as it experiences threats for defending territory from shrimp industries

On May 10, PBI-Guatemala posted: “On Monday #PBI accompanied a member of the Council of Communities of Retalhuleu (CCR) in the capital, in order to denounce before various protection institutions the threats they are suffering in relation to the defence of the territory and the struggle against large shrimp industries. Read more…

UNESCO report: At least 749 environmental journalists have been attacked between 2009 and 2023

Photo: At least 210 environmental journalists have experienced legal attacks between 2009 and 2023. That was the experience of Maya Q’eqchi’ journalist Carlos Ernesto Choc in Guatemala. The Guardian reports: “More than 70% of environmental journalists have been attacked for their work since 2009, according to a Unesco report, which Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Famdegua at #CasoDiarioMilitar hearing on alternative measures, next date set for May 7

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “Last Friday [April 26], #PBI accompanied Famdegua [the Association of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared of Guatemala] to the hearing of revocation of alternative measures of Jacobo Salán Sánchez and Malfred Pérez Lorenzo, both accused in the #MilitaryDiaryCase, for which they should return to pre-trial detention. Malfred Pérez Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies FAMDEGUA and survivors at commemoration of the Los Josefinos massacre

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “Today and tomorrow (April 29 and 30) #PBI accompanies the annual commemoration of the massacre that occurred in the village Los Josefinos, Petén, Guatemala on April 29 and 30, 1982 during the internal armed conflict (CAI). We accompanied the members of the Famdegua [the Association of Relatives Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Famdegua at hearing on Inter-American Court ruling and acquittal of three soldiers in Dos Erres massacre

Update On May 4, PBI-Guatemala posted: “#PBI accompanies relatives of Famdegua Guatemala and the Human Rights Law Firm [BDH] to the hearing on the appeal of the #CasoDosErres. Last November, three Kaibiles accused of crimes against the duties of humanity and murder in the 1982 massacre were acquitted. The hearing Read more…