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Guatemala’s president-elect warns of a coup

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Powerful politicians in Guatemala overlooked the tiny centre-left Semilla Party who, with its offer of ‘a new Guatemalan Spring’, won a landslide victory against the UNE party of Sandra Torres on August 20.

Hogar Seguro Tragedy: no support from Guatemalan State

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Three of the 15 survivors of the fire at the Virgen de la Asunción Orphanage have not been receiving the lifetime pension granted to them by the Guatemalan Congress. Why not?

Surviving the Darien Gap

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Venezuelan migrants having crossed the Darien Gap nurse their wounds in Guatemala while planning the final leg of their journey north.
‘They cannot erase our memory’: Commemoration, violence, and the arts Jelke Boesten Louise Morris producer

Voz VI |‘They cannot erase our memory’: Commemoration, violence, and the...

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This issue of Voz focuses on women’s creative acts of memorialization and commemoration, demonstrating how acts of mourning become sites of mobilization, active resistance, and empowerment. It highlights the power of the arts in denouncing and resisting state violence and impunity.

Xinka people (re)born to defend their territory

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Threats against ancestral land sparked a resurgence of pride in Xinka identity in eastern Guatemala. Leaders exemplify permanent resistance and empowerment through their use of legal strategies and tools to preserve their culture.

Guatemala: environmental defenders of Lake Atitlán

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The women of Tz’ununya’ Collective have struggled for eight years to defend and conserve Lake Atitlán by pushing for local authorities to stop the deterioration of the lake.

Ecuador: Intag stands up to mining

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Intag communities in Ecuador are resisting development of a copper mine at Llurimagua, proposed by Enami and Codelco. In Peru, residents of Aquia, Ancásh, accuse the Antamina mine of encroaching on their land without consultation.

Guatemala: water defenders’ 10-year resistance

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An attempted assassination, criminalization, and violent eviction in 2014 didn't stop the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya in Guatemala, which won legal action suspending harmful mining activities.

Guatemala: defending land and water

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In Guatemala, environmental defenders are criminalised, evicted, beaten, imprisoned and sometimes killed. It is one of the most dangerous places in the world for those who seek to defend their communities, lands and environment.

Guatemala: lasting legacy of gender-based violence and state impunity

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The failure to secure justice in cases of gender-based violence shows fundamental flaws in Guatemala’s democratic institutions.

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