PBI highlights situation of human rights defenders in Kenya, Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia at UN Human Rights Council session

On March 12, Peace Brigades International (PBI) Advocacy Coordinator Yannick Wild presented to the 55th Human Rights Council Session at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor. In his presentation, he noted: “In Kenya, grassroots human rights Read more…

PBI asks the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing to visit Guatemala, see the situation of forced evictions

On March 4, Peace Brigades International (PBI) Advocacy Coordinator Yannick Wild presented to the 55th Human Rights Council Session at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Balakrishnan Rajagopal. His presentation noted: “In Guatemala, in recent years, Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Mayan Poqomam resistance to sand mining in Chinautla

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “On Wednesday [March 6], #PBI accompanied the Multisectoral of Chinautla. We were present at their encampment where they meet every day to discuss the situation in the territory caused by the presence of sand mining companies. We took the opportunity to meet with various local state entities Read more…

PBI-Guatemala highlights intervention by US Embassy in support of controversial Canadian Cerro Blanco mine

PBI-Guatemala has posted on Facebook: “The US Embassy advocated for the mining company and the Cerro Blanco project, while environmental groups and settlers of Jutiapa have on several occasions expressed concern because the reactivation of the project is a risk to the environment, water and health of the communities villages Read more…

PBI accompanies International Women’s Day in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Kenya, Costa Rica, the UK and Canada

Photo: PBI-Colombia on IWD. Peace Brigades International entities around the world marked International Women’s Day on Friday March 8. PBI-Honduras posted on Instagram: “We accompany @redefensorashn [Women Defenders Network-Honduras] and all the #women who mobilized today #8M at the Palace of Justice in the Honduran capital, where they expressed their demands Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies 12th anniversary of La Puya resistance that began against a Canadian mining company

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “Last Sunday [March 3], #PBI accompanied the anniversary of the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya, who celebrated with a mass and a party the twelve years of its resistance to the mining project El Tambor, Progreso VII derivative (gold and silver) and its defense of territory, water Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Alaska Summit Massacre trial of soldiers who killed six Mayan K’iche’ men

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “An hour after the reading of the sentence on Caso de la Masacre de la Cumbre de Alaska the room was filled with the plaintiffs, relatives and authorities of the 48 Cantons of Totonicapán and the Ixil people.” Reuters reports: “A Guatemalan court on Wednesday [February 28] Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies walk by Q’eqchi’ communities who demand OXEC be removed as member of COMUDE

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “[On February 26], #PBI accompanies the peaceful walk carried out by the Q’eqchi’ communities of Santa María Cahabón. Around 300 people mobilized towards the municipality to demand the removal of the accreditation of the hydroelectric company OXEC as a member of the Municipal Development Council (COMUDE), and Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Maya Ch’orti’ Indigenous Council of Olopa Chiquimula as it peacefully resists Canadian mining company

The PBI-Guatemala Project has posted: “Yesterday [February 25], #PBI accompanies the Maya Ch’orti’ Indigenous Council of Olopa Chiquimula in its eighth anniversary, which took place in a natural water birth. During the act, claims were made in defense of water and land through indigenous authorities and through their spirituality.” Poster: Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Conavigua at commemoration of Indigenous Maya victims of the internal armed conflict

On February 24, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies in the framework of the Day of the Dignification of the Victims of the IAC [internal armed conflict] commemorated every February 25 by the delivery of the Report of the Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH) in the year 1999, Conavigua Guatemala invited to Read more…