PBI-Guatemala presents joint statement to UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Guatemala

On March 15, PBI-Guatemala advocacy coordinator Kerstin Reemtsma presented a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of PBI, Franciscans International and the International Human Rights Network. To watch that presentation, click here (chapter 63 starting at 01:35:34). That statement reads: “We call the attention of the Read more…

Law professor Shin Imai files suit against Canada’s foreign minister over redacted documents on mine in Guatemala

Communities affected by the Marlin mine demonstrate at the Canadian embassy in Guatemala City. Photo by Projet Accompagnement Québec Guatemala. Canadian Lawyer magazine reports: “Osgoode Hall professor Shin Imai has filed suit against the federal foreign affairs minister contending that Canada has improperly withheld information about its diplomatic interventions on Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the International Women’s Day march in Guatemala City

The Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project accompanied the International Women’s Day march in Guatemala City on Sunday March 7. Prensa Latina reports: “A feminist wave took today the streets of Guatemala’s capital historic center with the slogan ‘Vivas nos nos’ [Alive us] to denounce gender-based violence and demand justice.” That article Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Network of Ancestral Healers at remembrance of Indigenous Lenca defender Berta Caceres

On March 3, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanied the Network of Ancestral Healers of Community Feminism at the ceremony to honour the life of Berta Caceres on the 5th anniversary of her murder.” Caceres was the co-founder of the Civil Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras (COPINH) and was murdered Read more…

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 updates MEP Miguel Urbán Crespo on the situation in Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia

On February 16, Miguel Urbán Crespo tweeted: “Thank you the compañeras from #PBIGuatemala, @PBI_Mexico and @PBIColombia for taking the time to inform us about the situation of defenders and coordinate actions and proposals.” The top row in the photo shows advocacy representatives from the Peace Brigades International frontline entities in Read more…