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    I am writing a declaration for a hardship case for someone who is an evangelical minister here in the U.S. (where he has been for 17 years).  The attorney asked if there is persecution or discrimination against evangelicals in Guatemala.  I would say there are tensions and conflicts in ...
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    Watch the video with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Haroldo Rodas before meeting with Secretary Clinton.
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    Today I stopped by the local Centro de Salud for a fairly routine check up, on my way back from my walk up in the mountains outside the town. As I entered the outdoor patio, I noticed that it seemed unusually packed with people and I thought maybe I should come back.
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    As a Mexico Style "Drug War" is launched in Central America, US and US Allied Security Forces are increasing participating in police actions in Central America.  On February 7, Oliver Garza, a high level State Department Security Advisor took up residence in the US embassy in Honduras.  Garza comes to Honduras from the State Department agency most directly in charge of US security operations in Colombia and Mexico, and in 2002 his name was associated with a scandal in which 3,000 AK-47's were shipped from the Nicaraguan National Police to Colombian AUC paramilitaries.
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    "Once Again, Mining" is a 7 minute film, shot during and after the May 8, 2012, attempt, by the gold and silver mining company EXMINGUA (owned by Radius Gold Inc. of Canada) to enter with a convoy of some 25-30 mining company trucks full of equipment, accompanied by some 25-30 trucks of heavily armed National Police, at 1:00am, in the morning, so as to avoid the peacefully protesting villagers of the two affected municipalities - San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayumpac -, who were never consulted about this mining business and who never gave legal permission for a mine to operate in their lands.
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    There were grenades under the seat and four bodyguards following our imported grey Cadillac. It was seven in the morning and I felt as if I had been awake the entire day, wishing it was over and hating to admit it had just begun. I was part of a right-wing political caravan heading toward the Guatemalan town of Esquipulas, where an infamous presidential candidate would initiate his presidential campaign by kissing a statue on the altar of a church visited annually by thousands of religious pilgrims from the Isthmus. 
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    The Guatemala Human Rights Commission brings you the human rights updates for the week of April 1 - April 5, 2013.
  • Communities in Peaceful Resistance of “La Puya” meet with the President of the Republic
    Today, representatives of the communities of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc participated in a reunion called by the President of the Republic, Otto Pérez Molina. The meeting was scheduled for 10:30 in the Presidential House. The Minister of Energy and Mines, Erick Archila, the Interior Minister, Mauricio López Bonilla and representatives of the American company, Kappes, Cassiday and Associates also participated. Community members asked that the mining representatives leave, as the conversation was with the government, not the company.

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