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In Guatemala, a history of discrimination and inequality of opportunity led to a 36-year conflict that finally subsided with a Peace Agreement in 1996. Improvements since then have prevented a return to conflict and begun to create the conditions for sustained stability.

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Bernardo Caal is an indigenous Q’eqchi leader from Guatemala

Serving a seven year prison sentence for defending the Cahabón River

16 December 2019

Bernardo Caal is an indigenous Q’eqchi leader from Guatemala currently serving a seven year prison sentence. His crime? Defending the Cahabón River, one of the largest in the country, against two hydroelectric dams.   The river is of plays a central role in the lives of 195 Q’eqchi communities in…

The poorest in Guatemala bear brunt of climate change, research says

3 May 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Guatemala’s subsistence farmers and indigenous people living in poor rural communities are most affected by rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall linked to climate change, a leading researcher said on Friday. Poverty makes the Central American country…

Palm oil industry expansion spurs Guatemala indigenous migration

7 February 2019

Death of Jakelin Caal in US custody highlights how land conflicts and displacement fuel flight from indigenous villages. San Antonio Secortez & Guatemala City - The plantations' outer edges begin fewer than 20km from where seven-year-old Jakelin Caal is buried. The deep green rows of oil palm…



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The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN)

What is happening now across the world is nothing less than a systematic attack on peasant communities and Indigenous Peoples

7 September 2018

FRONT LINE DEFENDERS has documented 821 human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been killed in the four years since we started producing an annual global list in cooperation with national and international NGOs. Seventy-nine percent of this total came from six countries: Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala,…

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Tackling Gender Based Violence Through Legal Empowerment

Webinar: Tackling Gender Based Violence Through Legal Empowerment

Worldwide an estimated one in three women has experienced physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime, while one in five women has been sexually abused as a child. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a profound global crisis, one which our movement is working to tackle head on. On April 16, you’re invited…