PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Human Rights Law Firm as former head of military intelligence granted house arrest in Military Diary Case

On November 28, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies the Human Rights Law Firm at the hearing of review of alternative measures of Toribio Acevedo Ramirez in the #MilitaryDiaryCase. Preventive detention was revoked and house arrest was ordered with the ability to commute in the municipalities of Zacapa, Guatemala and San Lucas Read more…

PBI-Guatemala visits criminalized Maya Q’eqchi’ defenders Jorge Coc and Marcelino Xol in prison in Cobán, Alta Verapaz

On November 28, PBI-Guatemala posted: “#PBI accompanies. Today we visited Jorge Coc and Marcelino Xol, criminalized defenders of the land and prisoners at the Coban Preventive Detention Center.” In their December 2021 monthly update, PBI-Guatemala explained: “Jorge Coc Coc and Marcelino Xol Cucul [are] human rights defenders and community leaders Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Human Rights Law Firm at hearing for criminalized Indigenous journalist and fishermen’s union president

On November 24, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies the Human Rights Law Firm in the intermediate stage hearing of the judicial process against Cristobal Pop, president of the fishermen’s union [of El Estor, Izabal], and the journalist Carlos Ernesto Choc, which has been suspended again.” Both Pop and Choc are Maya Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Peaceful Resistance of La Puya at ceremony with ancestors

On November 21, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies the Bufete Jurídico de Derechos Humanos [Human Rights Law Firm] and the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya at a ceremony to present the representatives for consultation to their ancestors.” On March 2, 2012, residents from San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies criminalized Retalhuleu water defenders to sign registry as they await trial

On November 15, PBI-Guatemala posted: “#PBI accompanies the members of the Council of Communities of Retalhuleu [CCR] to the book signing but the book has not yet arrived and it is the second time it hasn’t been. It represents a waste of time and money for criminalized people.” The criminalized Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies UVOC at sentence notification hearing in La Tinta, Alta Verapaz

On October 27, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies the UVOC [Verapaz Union of Campesino Organizations] in a sentence notification in La Tinta.” UVOC has 367 affiliated communities (about 50,000 families); 98 per cent of which are Indigenous Maya Q’eqchi’, Poqomchi’ and Achi.” PBI-Guatemala has been accompanying UVOC since 2005.

PBI-Guatemala accompanies UVOC at acquittal hearing for criminalized Poqomchi’ community leader David Maxena Caal

On October 26, PBI-Guatemala posted: “#PBI accompanies UVOC [Verapaz Union of Campesino Organizations] at the hearing of notification of the acquittal for David Maxena.” On October 18, UVOC posted on Facebook: “#URGENT Community is declared acquitted of the charge of aggravated usurpation. This is the Mayan Poqomchi, former political prisoner Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya at meeting in San Jose Nacahuil on the El Tambor mine

On October 23, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya and the Human Rights Law Firm to a meeting on the ratification of the incumbent and substitute representatives of the San Jose Nacahuil community, for the pre-consultation and consultation about the presence of the mine in the Read more…

Canada’s Hatch Ltd. and the OXEC II dam opposed by the Peaceful Resistance of Cahabón

The Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project has accompanied the Peaceful Resistance of Cahabón since July 2017. It has explained: “The Peaceful Resistance of Cahabón is made of more than 190 Q’eqchi’ communities who live in the Cahabón River basin. Since 2015 they have organized around defense of territory and against the Read more…