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-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…

CEHPRODEC executive director Donald Hernández: “We go to the territories accompanied by organizations such as PBI”

PBI-Honduras has accompanied the Honduran Center for the Promotion of Community Development (CEHPRODEC) since May 2014. Spanish RTVE radio-television recently interviewed Donald Hernández, the executive director of CEHPRODEC. Below is an excerpt from that full interview. QUESTION: Have you ever suffered threats? ANSWER: Yes, many. The activism in which we Read more…

Dutch Appeals Court rules the Netherlands must stop within 7 days the export of parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel

Photo: An Israeli Air Force F-35I with four GBU-31s in the foreground. This morning, the Associated Press reports: “Judges in the Netherlands on Monday [February 12] ordered the Dutch government to halt the export of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel, citing a clear risk of violations of international law. Read more…

Canada’s weapons sales may make it complicit of violations in international law, war crimes and genocide in Gaza

Video still: At least 67 Palestinians were killed and many others wounded by Israeli airstrikes and ground operations on Monday morning (2 am local time) in Rafah. This morning, the Associated Press reports: “Judges in the Netherlands on Monday [February 12] ordered the Dutch government to halt the export of Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies investigative journalist Claudia Julieta Duque at meeting with Swedish Embassy

PBI-Colombia has posted: “In meeting with human rights defender journalist @JulieDuque1 and Rickard Lunnerdal @SwedeninCOL. We share concerns about security incidents due to surveillance and monitoring. PBI continues to accompany some court cases that are close to statute of limitations. #FightAgainstImpunity” Duque then tweeted: “Many thanks to @PBIColombia for facilitating 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…