Home » News » GSN MONDAY MAILER JUNE 24 2013

News

GSN MONDAY MAILER JUNE 24 2013

Posted by administrador on Monday, July 1, 2013 in News.

IN THE SUMMER MONTHS, MAILER WILL BE BIWEEKLY (LIKE THE NYRB!)
 
For membership information and to join the Guatemala Scholars’ Network please see our website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues


 
1. GSN MEETING UPDATES
2. EXCELLENT PAPER ENTITLED Blood in the Village: A Local-Level Investigation of State Massacres FROM CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND PEACE  STUDIES (SEE ATTATCHED)
3. URGENT COMMUNIQUE FOUR CH’ORTI’ LEADERS DETAINED
4. MESSAGE FROM GHRC  AND CALL FOR ACTION TO EXPRESS SOLIDARITY WITH GENOCIDE VICTIMS
 


   
1. GSN MEETING UPDATES
a. SEMI-FINAL PROGRAM ATTACHED ABOVE
b. SATURDAY JULY 13TH AT THE GSN MEETINGS WE WILL BE HOLDING A SERIES OF THREE WORKSHOPS, EACH WILL INVOLVE AN OPEN-ENDED DIALOGUE ON A TOPIC WHICH WAS MENTIONED BY GSN MEMBERS AS WORTHY OF INCREASED DISCUSSION. ATTENDANCE AT EACH WORKSHOP WILL BE OPEN TO ALL BUT YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOPS UPON ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION AT THE CONFERENCE IN ORDER TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE SEATING AND SECURITY. THE WORKSHOPS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
                                                               i.      9:00-11:00 Workshop on Mining and Extractive Industries (Catherine Nolin…Convener)
                                                             ii.      11:00 – 1:00 Workshop on Field Studies, Study Abroad Programs  (Stephen Dove – Convener)
At the upcoming conference in Antigua, we will be holding a workshop to discuss how undergraduate study abroad programs affect both foreign students and Guatemalan communities.  If there is a particular idea or topic that you would like this session to address or if you have experience leading study abroad groups and want to be part of planning the conversation, please contact Stephen Dove (stephen.dove@centre.edu<mailto:stephen.dove@centre.edu>).
                                                           iii.      2:30-4:30 Workshop on the Forensic Anthropology and Post-War Work (Convener from FFAG)


 
2.  EXCELLENT PAPER ENTITLED Blood in the Village: A Local-Level Investigation of State Massacres FROM CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND PEACE STUDIES (SEE ATTATCHED)


 
3. URGENT COMMUNIQUE FOUR CH’ORTI’ LEADERS DETAINED
 
LA CENTRAL CAMPESINA CH`ORTI` NUEVO DIA
HACE SABER:

La comunidad indígena Las Flores de Jocotán, Chiquimula, miembro de nuestra organización, ha enfrentado durante muchos años la constante amenaza sobre sus tierras y territorio. La lucha y la resistencia han sido justas y pacificas. En el año 2010, la Municipalidad de Jocotán sin previa consulta a las comunidades indígenas y sin respetar los derechos de copropiedad de los vecinos de Jocotán, otorgó en usufructo por 50 años una extensión de 2.5 millones de metros cuadrados a la entidad Generación Eléctrica y Manejo de Recursos Naturales “Las Tres Niñas” S.A., la cual pretende construir un proyecto hidroeléctrico de importantes dimensiones, el cual afectaría de manera negativa y directa al río que abastece de agua a 6 comunidades indígenas de Jocotán. Dicha entidad tiene implementada toda una estrategia para doblegar a las comunidades indígenas que se oponen a sus objetivos. Para el efecto han generado una serie de acciones que van desde compra de voluntades, engaños, intimidación, criminalización del liderazgo indígena, amenazas de muerte, sobornos, manipulación de instituciones públicas como el RIC, Ministerio Publico, Policía Nacional Civil entre otras. Como consecuencia de toda su estrategia, hoy en día en las comunidades indígenas de la región se vive un clima de violencia, inseguridad y miedo ya que la confrontación entre comunitarios esta siendo financiada por la Empresa mencionada y ha tenido consecuencias fatales. A raíz de todo esto el pasado día Miércoles 19 de Junio, frente a las instalaciones del Ministerio Publico de Chiquimula, utilizando como trampa una citación a audiencia conciliatoria, fueron detenidos 4 integrantes del Consejo Indígena de Las Flores. Alrededor de 15 Policías vestidos de particular, sin identificación alguna y sin presentar orden de juez competente, capturaron a los dirigentes: Claudio Ramírez, Luis Ramírez de Rosa, Agustín Díaz Ramírez y Timoteo Suchite, quedando estos dos últimos ligados a proceso por el delito de asesinato y fueron enviados a prisión preventiva a la cabecera municipal de Zacapa. En la audiencia de primera declaración de los compañeros detenidos se evidencio por parte del Ministerio Público y Juez de Instancia Penal una clara predisposición a privar de su libertad a los dirigentes y de ser posible sentenciarlos por un delito que no cometieron. Aún y cuando los medios probatorios y argumentaciones presentadas por el Ministerio Publico eran débiles, parcializadas e inconsistentes, la decisión del juzgador fue ligarlos a proceso, señalándose 3 meses de plazo para el periodo de investigación. Lamentamos profundamente que se siga dando en Guatemala este tipo de acciones en contra de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos y principalmente en contra de Autoridades Indígenas que velan únicamente por el bienestar de la comunidad y las siguientes generaciones.

POR LO ANTERIOR PEDIMOS:
A las autoridades responsables de la investigación, así como de impartir justicia: imparcialidad, objetividad y transparencia en sus funciones. A las organizaciones indígenas y campesinas su solidaridad y apoyo para nuestra organización y principalmente hacia la comunidad indígena de Las Flores, Jocotán. Al Gobierno de Guatemala respetar y reconocer los derechos colectivos de los pueblos indígenas, mismos que se encuentran establecidos tanto en la Constitución Política de la República, como en tratados y convenios internacionales. A la población en general solidaridad y respaldo ante estas acciones de criminalización de la lucha indígena y campesina por la defensa de su territorio A la comunidad internacional su respaldo político y exigencia hacia el Gobierno de Guatemala para que se respete el debido proceso y los derechos de nuestros
compañeros privados de libertad.

CENTRAL CAMPESINA CH´ORTI´ NUEVO DÍA
TERRITORIO MAYA CH`ORTI`
JUNIO 2013


  
4.       MESSAGE FROM GHRC AND  SOLIDARITY WITH GENOCIDE VICTIMS
 
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking part in a powerful art installation in Washington, DC. After three years of preparation, the organization One Million Bones blanketed a section of the National Mall with bones made of various materials to bring attention to genocide committed around the world. The organizers of One Million Bones had extended a special invitation to GHRC and the Guatemala community to take part and commemorate Guatemala's genocide victims.
 
I, along with GHRC interns and volunteers, joined thousands of others in laying out the bones. Our group took the opportunity to read the names of the victims in the Ixil Triangle included in the charges against former generals Ríos Montt and Rodríguez Sánchez.
 
I posted a photo of the event on our Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, and was shocked to see the response. Our wall was covered by an energetic debate about genocide in Guatemala. It was heartwarming to see all the comments in support of justice for victims, but sad to see that there were also many comments full of hate, anger, and denial of the crimes committed against Guatemala's indigenous people.
 
Unfortunately, many of the people who posted on our wall are the same people who have been spreading the same messages of hate and denial in the Guatemalan media and organizing protests in support of those who committed atrocities.
 
The courageous genocide survivors, along with their lawyers, the judges, and the organizations who support justice, have been victim to this type of attack constantly since the Ríos Montt trial began.
 
The messages in the media in Guatemala are not just slander. They are threats of violence. For example, Ricardo Méndez Ruiz, founder of the Foundation Against Terrorism, who posted on our wall, said in an interview with Guatemalan TV station Guatevision that the civil society leaders pushing for justice could be assassinated. In his post on GHRC's facebook page, he called us a "terrorist organization."
 
We don't want to hide this debate going on in Guatemalan society, but we adamantly condemn the use of defamation, threats and messages of hate. We would love to see our page covered with messages of support for justice and for the victims and survivors of genocide. Can you add your voice?
 
Many of the posts are about whether or not genocide was committed in  Guatemala. The evidence presented at the genocide trial against Ríos Montt and Rodríguez Sánchez was meticulous and extensive. You can read more about the trial in our publication, El Quetzal, here. For even more detailed information about the evidence presented, you can read www.riosmontt-trial.org.
 
Those who deny that genocide was committed in Guatemala do so not based on any evidence, but by making claims like "the army was simply defending the country against communists." Or: "the guerrillas committed abuses too." The first claim was extensively refuted in the genocide trial.
  
Survivor testimony, expert witnesses and forensic evidence showed that the vast majority of those killed in the Ixil triangle were not killed in combat, but executed, often in gruesome ways, and that many of the victims were either elderly, or young children.
 
The second claim is addressed in the report produced by the UN backed Commission for Historical Clarification, which does document that some human rights abuses were committed by guerrilla forces, but that 93% of the abuses were committed by military or paramilitary forces, and only 3% were committed by the guerrillas. In the other 4% of cases it was not clear who was the perpetrator.
 
There are powerful sectors in Guatemala who benefit from impunity for crimes of the past. These sectors, including Guatemala's business elite and military, have launched an all-out offensive to ensure that they and their cronies are never held accountable and the courts can be bent to their wishes.
 
Help us stand with genocide survivors and their supporters in Guatemala as they work for a just and peaceful Guatemala. Post your message for justice on our Facebook wall, and we'll print them all out and present them to Guatemalan survivors as a show of solidarity.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Sincerely,
 
Kathryn Johnson
GHRC/USA


 
Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226  

2 attachments — Download all attachments  
GSN 2013 Program June 23rd.docx GSN 2013 Program June 23rd.docx
19K   View   Download  
CMPS Final 112211a.docx CMPS Final 112211a.docx
420K   View   Download  



Comments are closed.


Back Home   

GSN Members

Recent Posts

News Archive