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  • In the Shadow of the Raid

    On Monday 4th January, The Frontline Club is screening the film ‘In the Shadow of the Raid’. Viewing the trailer, this looks like a powerful indictment of US immigration policy. "On May 12, 2008, immigration officials stormed a kosher meatpacking… Read More ›

  • Documents prove that Ríos Montt ordered the indigenous genocide in Guatemala

    Documentation that the Guatemalan army, under the Efraín Ríos Montt, carried out a campaign in the summer of 1982 deliberately aimed at massacring thousands of indigenous peasants, has just been presented as evidence to the Spanish National Court.  Kate Doyle,… Read More ›

  • Impact of mining projects on women

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    URGENT ACTION from ACOGUATE: A break-down in negotiations and a series of illegal eviction/removal attempts in the dispute between Guatemalan Nickel Company and neighbouring communities has led to an attack by armed groups, among them security agents of the company,… Read More ›

  • Recent killings linked to Canadian-owned nickel mine in Guatemala

    Dawn Paley writes in The Dominion that two Qeqchi leaders were shot and killed and over a dozen wounded this week near the site of a shuttered nickel mine in Guatemala. This article appeared on Upside Down World. The first… Read More ›

  • An injustice and abuse of the law

    Raul Figueroa Sarti is a well known, and well respected, human rights-focused publisher in Guatemala. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of F&G Editores.  Its publications examine sensitive and important human rights issues that are not frequently covered in… Read More ›

  • Caja Lúdica

    Guatemala’s murder rate is ten times the world average. The harsh streets of Guatemala City are packed with drugs, gangs and guns. Caja Lúdica is a youth arts collective, using arts and carnival activities to promote a culture of peace… Read More ›

  • Guatemala begins to identify civil war victims

    Something made me check out the Al Jazeera website and I saw this little video.  “During Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in which at least 200,000 people died, victims of the government’s death squads were buried in unmarked graves.  Now they are… Read More ›

  • An indictment from the grave.

    A murder foretold has convulsed Guatemala’s government. Its investigation will provide a test of whether or not Central America includes a failed state.  So begins this article in The Economist. It’s interesting that the article states ‘the murder rate (of nearly 50… Read More ›

  • Attacks on Human Rights Workers

    We have just received news from ACOGUATE of death threats and attacks suffered by staff of two human rights organizations in Guatemala, SEDEM and UDEFEGUA, in the last number of days. The messages were personal and referred to the work… Read More ›