PBI-Guatemala accompanies the National Day of Dignity for Victims of the Internal Armed Conflict

On February 26, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted on its Facebook page: “#PBI accompanies survivors and families of victims on the National Day of Dignity of Victims of Internal Armed Conflict in Guatemala.” Sandra Cuffe reports in Al Jazeera: “Indigenous survivors and relatives of victims marched on Thursday [February Read more…

PBI-Guatemala makes observation visit to Petén to meet with social organizations and learn about the human rights situation

On February 25, PBI-Guatemala posted: “During our observation visit in Petén, we met with representatives of Otran trans Petén; El Frente Petenero; Cooperativa La Otra; Mujeres de Petén Ixqik; Asociación De Mujeres Ixmucáne – Petén; Dejando huella and the Delegación Permanente de la Sierra Lacandón y Laguna Del Tigre.” PBI-Guatemala Read more…

PBI-Guatemala reports on its accompaniment of the Retalhuleu Community Council in two of its publications

The Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project accompaniment of the Retalhuleu Community Council (CCR) is noted in two of its most recent publications, the Monthly Information Package and Bulletin No. 44. PBI-Guatemala began to accompany the CCR in April 2020 due to the risks and threats experienced by its members. Bulletin No. Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies four human rights defenders criminalized for opposing the diversion of rivers by sugar mills

Abelino Salvador Mejía On February 6, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted this 1-minute video on its Facebook page with the comment: “PBI accompanies four human rights defenders criminalized for defending water.” Prensa Comunitaria reports that these criminalized defenders now face “a hearing scheduled for March this year.” The four Read more…

PBI-Guatemala present at media conference following Constitutional Court ruling allowing genetically modified seeds

On February 5, PBI-Guatemala was present at a media conference that featured representatives from the Alliance for the Defence of Biodiversity in Guatemala and the National Network for the Defense of Food Sovereignty in Guatemala (REDSAG) responding to a Constitutional Court (CC) ruling on genetically modified organisms. PBI-Guatemala posted this Read more…

PBI-Guatemala interviews Feliciana Macario of the National Coordination of Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA)

On January 20, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted: “We talked with Feliciana Macario (CONAVIGUA) about the closure of peace institutions and what it means for the organizations of victims of internal armed conflict.” CONAVIGUA is the National Coordination of Widows of Guatemala (CONAVIGUA). The Cantabrian digital newspaper El Faradio Read more…

PBI-Guatemala highlights Human Rights Ombudsperson’s concern about state violence against Honduran migrants

On January 18, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted this article from Prensa Libre and highlighted the concerns expressed by the Human Rights Ombudsperson (PDH) about the use of the army and police against migrants. The Office of the Humans Rights Ombudsperson (Procurador de los Derechos Humanos – PDH) is Read more…

PBI-Guatemala visits the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya camp in opposition to mine once owned by Canadian company

Photo of previous visit by PBI-Guatemala to the La Puya camp in October 2019. On January 18, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project released its monthly information package for December 2020. PBI-Guatemala notes: “As with previous months, we have maintained telephone contact with the members of the Peaceful Resistance La Puya, Read more…

PBI-Guatemala notes attack on Xinca defender Julio David González who opposes Canadian Escobal mine

On January 16, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted this article from Prensa Comunitaria about the attack on Julio David González. The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network had also tweeted: “Xinka leader & human rights defender Julio David Gonzalez Arango was just attacked in his home. We stand in solidarity Read more…