PBI-Guatemala accompanies Human Rights Law Firm at trial of Mayan Poqomchi defender Sofia Tot accused of “usurpation”

On February 20, PBI-Guatemala posted: “Yesterday, #PBI accompanied the Human Rights Law Firm at the Cobán Courts Tower, Alta Verapaz, at the beginning of the conclusions of the Sofia Case. Sofia, Mayan Poqomchi woman, is criminalized and accused of usurpation of private property in protected areas and exploiting its resources. Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Maya Q’eqchi’ defender Lesbia Artola of the CCDA-Verapaces to the Public Ministry

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “On Thursday [February 15], PBI accompanied the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA) of the Verapaces, to a summons issued by the MP [Public Ministry] to the Cobán District Prosecutor’s Office, in relation to a complaint against one of its members. Concern continues over the alarming increase Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies trial of union member, students, professors who opposed fraudulent election of university rector

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “Last week, PBI accompanied the Human Rights Law Firm [BDH] to the hearing of first statement of 8 people criminalized in the case ‘USAC Takeover: Political Spoils’. The MP [Public Ministry] accuses students, unionists and professionals of depredation of cultural assets, aggravated usurpation, unlawful association and sedition Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Human Rights Law Firm at hearing for Maya Q’eqchi’ journalist and fishers in Fenix Mine case

On February 1, PBI-Guatemala posted: “Yesterday, #PBI accompanied the Human Rights Law Firm in the hearing in a criminalizing accusation against the 3 fishermen Tomas Che, Cristóbal Pop and Vicente Rax and the community journalist Carlos Ernesto Choc. After 7 years of hearings and suspended hearings, the case is finally Read more…

Maya Q’eqchi’ journalist Carlos Choc and fishers released by court following criminalization related to Fenix mine in Guatemala

On January 31, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted: “Carlos Ernesto Choc was released from the accusations against him in a case of criminalization of #FreedomOfExpression” Carlos posted the good news on social media: “#MayanCommunityJournalism This day under the energies of Nawal 6 Tijax, a new stage in my life Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Maya Kaqchikel community journalist Noma Sancir at hearing on illegal detention by police

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “#PBI accompanies community journalist Maya Kaqchikel Norma Sancir in the closing hearing of findings of the oral and public debate and resolution reading. The judge of the Chiquimula Criminal Sentence Court sentenced a commissioner and two policemen to 3 years and 9 months in prison switchable to Read more…