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GSN MONDAY MAILER MAY 05 2013

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1.       LINKS

2.       GHRC ANNUAL DELAGATION TO GUATEMALA: WOMEN AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

3.       PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR CONGRESO DE ESTUDIOS MESOAMERICANOS THIS AUGUST

4.       EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED FOR KAQCHIKEL SPEAKER FACING FORCED REMOVAL


 

1.       SOME INTERSTING LINKS

a.        A year after genocide trial, has justice been done?http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/03/world/americas/guatemala-genocide-trial-anniversary/

b.       Attorney General in Guatemala Excluded From Re-election Bid http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/world/americas/attorney-general-in-guatemala-excluded-from-re-election-bid.html?ref=americas&_r=1

c.       For the First Time, More Latin Americans Are Middle Class Than Poor http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-yong-kim/latin-american-middle-class_b_5240778.html

d.      Guatemala's growing mining sector brings violence against indigenous communities with it http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/guatemala-growing-mining-sector-violence-against-indigenous-communities

e.      The War of Paz y Paz: The Revolution http://www.insightcrime.org/investigations/the-war-of-paz-y-paz-the-revolution

 

 

 

2.       GHRC ANNUAL DELAGATION TO GUATEMALA: WOMEN AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

 

We are pleased to announce GHRC's annual delegation, August 16-23, 2014:

 

Women and the Construction of Justice

 

Women have been on the front lines in the struggle for justice in Guatemala. They have, for example, broken through the wall of impunity that has long plagued Guatemala and brought powerful military officials to trial for crimes committed during the internal armed conflict. They have also been the leading voices for change at the community level. 

Along with great advances, however, there have troubling setbacks. The justice system has increasingly been manipulated to criminalize and punish human rights defenders. The nation's lauded female Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, is being removed from office seven months early. The brave judge who presided over the genocide trial has, in response, received threats as well as sanctions from the country's bar association.

 

Our delegation will provide a unique opportunity to meet with women involved in the struggle for justice, from judges and lawyers to genocide survivors, representatives of governmental institutions, activists and civil society leaders. 

We will examine the achievements and setbacks in the Guatemalan judicial system, as well as the current threats to the rule of law, and how women defenders are responding.  

APPLY NOW!

This delegation is open to the general public. Anyone is welcome to apply, and limited scholarships are available. In the past, students, professors, religious leaders, lawyers, congressional staffers, and activists have participated.

The cost is $1200 and includes: eight nights at a hotel, three meals a day for seven days, transportation in Guatemala, and translation. Two GHRC staff members will lead the trip. The cost does not cover travel to and from Guatemala or travel insurance. 

 

Apply by June 1, 2014 by filling out the application available here and sending it to ghrc-usa@ghrc-usa.org.

 

Comments from past participants:

 

"The program was fantastic and the directors did an excellent job on keeping us engaged and energized."

 

"It was an amazing experience. If you feel strongly about everyone being treated with dignity and justice and want to help others struggling for human rights, this is a great experience for you."

 

"The delegation was a transformative opportunity to learn from activists and organizations defending their rights. What really inspired me was the warmth and courage of the women we met."

 

"I was expecting to feel a bit insecure after all the warnings about crime and violence. Instead, I felt totally safe from the first day to the last. I didn’t realize how much progress had already been made by women to better the lives of their communities."

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions at ghrc-usa@ghrc-usa.org or (202) 529-6599.

 

Hope to see you in August!

 

Kelsey Alford-Jones

Executive Director, GHRC/USA

 

 

3.       PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR CONGRESO DE ESTUDIOS MESOAMERICANOS THIS AUGUST

 

Buen día a todas, todos,

 

reciban un cordial saludo. Les envío una cordial invitación para el Congreso

de Estudios Mesoamericanos, a realizarse del 5 al 8 de mayo. Adjunto encontrarán

el afiche del evento y el programa. Pueden compartirlo con sus redes.

 

Asimismo, a continuación les envío un resumen de lo que será este congreso.

El objetivo es construir espacios para repensar nuestra región, con sus desafíos

y nuevos horizontes de cambio social,

 

cordial abrazo,

Sergio P.

 

Programa narrado: Congreso de Estudios Mesoamericanos.

 

El Congreso de Estudios Mesoamericanos (CEM), nuevos desafíos, nuevos horizontes, se realizará en nuestro país del 05 al 08 de mayo de 2014 en Centro Cultural de España y Casa Ibargüen, ambos en el Centro Histórico de nuestra ciudad.  Contará con 15 mesas temáticas, 5 cine foros, 4 presentaciones de libros, 4 conversatorios  y 5 conferencias magistrales. Las mesas temáticas contarán con ponentes de México, Estados Unidos y países de toda Centroamérica. Un papel destacado en las mesas serán las reflexiones sobre qué significa la memoria para nosotros, como región, hoy. Asimismo, habrán mesas sobre medios de comunicación alternativa y experiencias de la psicología en nuestros países. Importantes serán los testimonios de personas que viven en comunidades de Michoacán y Jalisco (México), Alta Verapaz y Huehuetenango (Guatemala), así como Tegucigalpa (Honduras) para abordar el tema del territorio. Todas ellas organizadas en pos de la defensa contra los megaproyectos y en pro de crear democracia desde las propias comunidades.

Durante el Congreso, también destacará la presentación del libro del antropólogo jesuita Ricardo Falla, quien nos brinda el primer tomo de su colección de escritos “Al atardecer de la vida”. Asimismo, las preguntas del porqué ser joven en nuestra región serán discutidas en mesas temáticas, así como en presentaciones de libros de El Salvador y Guatemala.

 

El CEM está pensado para público general (estudiantes de nivel medio, comunitarios, interesados/as en el tema), no únicamente para especialistas.

Por ello, durante las mañanas del lunes 5 al jueves 8 de mayo, se tiene contemplados cine foros con producciones de El Salvador, México, Guatemala, Estados Unidos y Francia. Tenemos documentales sobre memoria histórica, minería y sobre los espacios urbanos de nuestras ciudades. Destaca el documental de Tatiana Huezo titulado “El lugar más pequeño”, una bella obra que muestra cómo una comunidad salvadoreña enfrenta el presente desde el dolor de la lucha del pasado y la esperanza en no olvidar. Asimismo, el documental de Otto Honegger, realizado en mayo 1980, donde se muestra el inicio de la lucha revolucionaria y la represión estatal en Guatemala. Un film único.

Finalmente, el CEM contará con conferencias magistrales del sociólogo Sergio Tischler, quien ha trabajado uno de los mejores libros sobre la Revolución de Octubre (1944), en Guatemala, así como distintas obras sobre marxismo abierto en Puebla, México. Por su parte, otro destacado sociólogo guatemalteco, Edelberto Torres-Rivas, brindará una conferencia sobre su interpretación de la guerra en Guatemala, situación que también reflexionará la antropóloga Cindy Forster, del Scripptt College. De México vendrán conferencistas como Antonio Fuentes, sociólogo que ha trabajado el fenómeno de las policías comunitarias y de autodefensa en Michoacán y Guerrero. Asimismo, Fernando Matamoros, quien ha trabajado la memoria rebelde en Oaxaca y Chiapas. Destacamos la conferencia que dará Adolfo Gilly, uno de los sociólogos e historiadores más importantes de Latinoamérica, escritor de libros sobre la Revolución Mexicana, el Cardenismo, como profundo conocedor de las luchas de ayer y  hoy en nuestra región mesoamericana.

 

 

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4.       EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED FOR KAQCHIKEL SPEAKER FACING FORCED REMOVAL

 

Here's some background–  Our client's claim is based on the fact that he suffered past persecution on account of his Kaqchikel identity.  His past persecution includes generalized discrimination, physical attacks, and threats–all centered around his Kaqchikel ethnicity.  He grew up in San Raymundo, Guatemala, Guatemala.  He spoke only Kaqchikel until he went to school, where he learned some Spanish but was bullied by Spanish-speaking, non-indigenous classmates.  He ended up leaving school in large part due to how he was treated there.  People on the streets called him names and referred to him as an indio.  One night, three Spanish-speaking, non-indigenous men attacked him with a rock and stabbed him, telling him, "You are anindio and you will do what we tell you to do."  They demanded money from him and threatened him.  He has permanent physical damage and scarring to his head and his stomach.  In an unrelated incident, a Spanish-speaking, non-indigenous man came by his house with a machete and cursed him and his family for being indios and threatened to chop them up with the machete.  As a result of these incidents and threats, he fled to the United States.  Our client is afraid to go back to Guatemala based on this past persecution on account of his Kaqchikel identity.  

 

In addition to this fear, our client also is afraid to go back to Guatemala because of what he calls the patrulleros, or patrolmen, in his town.  We understand them to be a similar group to La Seguridad.  He thinks that the patrulleros will not recognize him because he has been living in the United States for more than 10 years, and that they will target him because he looks and talks differently as a result of his time in the United States.  A few years ago, his friend returned to San Raymundo after living in the United States for many years, and the patrulleros poured gasoline on him, lit him on fire, and killed him.  Our client is afraid that the patrulleros would kill him, as well.

 

The issue we're having with this second argument is that, up until this point, our cases involving La Seguridad have been based out of Huehuetenango.  We are having trouble finding any research-based evidence of the presence of La Seguridad outside of Huehuetenango, so we would appreciate any pointers as to this particular issue!

 

Anyway, that's what we're working with!  Hope this gives you a better idea of whether you would be appropriate for this expert opinion and testimony, or whether you have anyone else in mind!

 

Thanks again,

 

Tina

Christina Reggio

Attorney at Law

Law Offices of Stanton & Kaufman

400 Montgomery Street, Suite 810

San Francisco, CA  94104

creggio@immlawsf.com | 415.392.6161 ext. 303

 

Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226

 



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