Peaceful Anti-Mining Resistance at "La Puya" Celebrates Two Years of

On March 2 of this year, La Puya -- against all odds -- celebrated its
second anniversary. The peaceful resistance movement to a gold mine began
with a single act of civil disobedience which grew into a permanent human
blockade, preventing mining equipment from entering the Tambor site.

La Puya is a unique example of successful opposition to a mining project,
and its members have made a whole-hearted commitment to nonviolence, ethnic
equality, and putting women at the forefront of the struggle. GHRC staff
and our international network of activists have provided almost continuous
support to the men and women of La Puya over the last few years.

Victory in the US Congress: Reparatons for the Chixoy Dam and the Military

Currently, State Department funds may only go to the Guatemalan Army if the
Secretary of State certifies that specific conditions related to human
rights and the role of the Army are being met. In addition, this year, the
US Congress approved special conditions for reinstatement of aid,
contingent upon the Guatemalan government taking credible steps toward
implementing the 2010 reparations plan for the communities affected by the
Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam.

Given that conditions have not been met in a credible, concrete, and
meaningful way, GHRC is calling for State Department certification to be
denied .

The Future of Guatemala's Justice System

This article looks at the transformation over the past several years of
Guatemala's justice system, as it began to function with unprecedented
independence, transparency, and efficiency. Two individuals have been
central to these reforms: Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz and C=C3=A9sar
Barrientos, Magistrate of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court.
However, in February, the Constitutional Court rules to cut short Paz y
Paz's term, and, just weeks later, news came of Justice Barrientos' tragic

Now, with several upcoming elections for judicial authorities, the battle
for control of Guatemala's institutions is in full force. We can only hope
that the work of those who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for
justice has not been undone.

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In Solidarity,

Kelsey Alford-Jones

Executive Director





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