From May 12-25, Professor Catherine Nolin (University Northern British Colombia, Geography Department) and Grahame Russell (Rights Action) are leading an educational, solidarity-building road trip in Guatemala, visiting communities that have suffered State repression (including genocide) in the past, that are suffering on-going repression today while resisting violent displacement and environmental harms caused by global mining companies, hydro-electric dam projects, African palm and sugar cane production, coffee for export, maquiladora sweat-shops.
GUATEMALA'S CHIXOY DAM: where development and terror intersect, a report by Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign, in The Guardian.
A letter sent to the IACHR (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights), along with a Petition concerning the illegal forced evictions, massacres and other human rights violations of 32 Mayan communities (over 3000 people) caused by the Chixoy Hydro-electric Dam, a "development" project of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank in partnership with successive military regimes (1975-1985)
Letter to the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, responding to a denigrating letter from the World Bank and no response from the Inter-American Development Bank to the on-going demands for justice and reparations
GIVEN THE GOVERNMENT'S LACK OF WILL TO SIGN THE GOVERNMENT AGREEMENT TO IMPLEMENT THE REPARATIONS PLAN FOR THE HARMS AND DAMAGES TO OUR COMMUNIITES CAUSED BY THE CONSTRUCITON OF THE CHIXOY DAM, WE HEREBY DELCARE THAT: