Over the past few centuries, Maya communities have faced multiple forms of state-led dispossession, structural exclusion and overt genocide. But their struggle doesn’t only exist in the past. While the political arena has changed countless times, the Maya continue to defend their lands, their communities, and their lifeways against ever-evolving forms of colonial theft and […]
Este artículo está disponible en español aquí On July 27th, the Maya Mam community of Nuevo Amanecer celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of their town and twenty years of successful democratic self-governance. Through the celebration, Nuevo Amanecer commemorates its triumphs having survived genocide and attempted erasure, building their sustainable way of life without […]
Rigoberto Juárez did not attend the meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in Guatemala last April 12, 2016. Nor did Domingo Baltazar. Hundreds of Maya women and men delivered their concerns in their native K’iche language to the UNPFII delegates this month. Among them, Maya Authorities carried their community scepters […]
On February 26th 2016, a Guatemalan court declared former members of the military guilty of crimes against humanity. The crimes consisted of rape, sexual slavery and murder of indigenous girls and women during the country’s armed conflict, with a sentence that amounted, in total, to 210 years. This is the first time that a domestic […]
Guatemala’s recent history bears the mark of a 36 year long, painful internal armed conflict, during which the State systematically violated the rights of the Mayan population. According to the Report of the Commission for the Historical Clarification of Human Rights Violations in Guatemala, 83.3 percent of the human rights violations were committed against them. […]
On May 10, 2013, Guatemalan ex-dictator Jose Efraín Rios Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity in an historic case. This victory occurred after an unwarranted suspension of the trial and many other delay tactics utilized by Montt’s representation. The ruling came as an immense victory for Indigenous […]
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