Author Archives

  • Selecting a new Attorney General

    We received a message from laguatemalgringa notifying us of guatemalavisible – which styles itself as a collaborative effort to bring together the will, energy and enthusiasm of diverse civil society groups seeking to strengthen the Guatemalan justice system. We noted… Read More ›

  • A public-private stitch-up

    I came across this interesting piece by Jorge Murga Armas on the always useful albedrío website (I especially acknowledge the power of its ‘mouse-over’ image). Las Tramas de las ‘alianzas público-privadas’ could be translated as The Intrigues of ‘public-private alliances’… Read More ›

  • Head of CICIG resigns

    News this last week from Guatemala centred on the resignation of Carlos Castresana, head of CICIG, the UN International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala. It seems to me that CICIG had been important in providing some measure of hope for… Read More ›

  • ‘La isla – Archives of a Tragedy’

    “From behind protective masks, almost two hundred, mostly young people look through and clean stacks upon stacks of papers and documents at long tables in a cold and run down building in Guatemala City. The mountains of folders are one… Read More ›

  • Guatemala mine ‘exploiting’ locals

  • ‘Our lives can be cut short at a stroke’

    ‘This is a time of great tension because we know that at any moment, when we least expect it, our lives can be cut short at a stroke’. So titled an article by Danilo Valladares for Inter Press Service. As… Read More ›

  • Guatemala has the justice it pays for.

    Recently, Barbara Schieber in The Guatemala Times, published a piece which again highlighted the contradictions in Guatemala around state responsibility and state ability to tackle the endemic violence affecting that country. The Association of Bi-national Chambers of Commerce (ASCABI) has… Read More ›

  • “Mining and Human Rights: Beyond The Challenge”

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  • Guatemala: Eterna Primavera, Eterna Tiranía

    We have received word from Jean-Marie Simon that her book Guatemala: Eternal Spring – Eternal Tyranny will be republished in Guatemala this year. Originally published in 1988 by WW Norton, the new version will be in Spanish – Guatemala: Eterna… Read More ›

  • El Paraíso de los Canallas

    ‘Guatemala means ‘Place of many trees’, but amongst the foliage are hidden the murderers, rapists and criminals. This country, known for the gentleness of its inhabitants, is home to hyenas. You count fifteen murders daily and the rapes multiply.’  … Read More ›