Guatemala

 

Investigative news:

Contrapoder: http://contrapoder.com.gt

Nomada: https://nomada.gt

Plaza Publica: http://www.plazapublica.com.gt

Documentaries:

When the Mountains Tremble: http://skylight.is/films/when-the-mountains-tremble/

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator: http://skylight.is/films/granito/

Films:

Ixcanul is Guatemala’s Oscar entry for best foreign film and is about an adolescent girl’s coming-of-age in a Kaqchikel community in the Western Highlands. Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMMP0Z21zqU.

El Norte is a 1983 film about two indigenous youth forced to flee to the US after their Mayan community is attacked during the civil war. Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe_pcfYGrLs.

Good blogs:

Guatemalan Human Rights Commission (GHRC): https://ghrcusa.wordpress.com

http://guatebuenaguatemaya.blogspot.com

I am impressed with the individuals and work at the following organizations:

Asociacion Pop No’j: http://asociacionpopnoj.com

Colectivo Vida Digna: http://colectivovidadigna.org/Spanish-VidaDigna.html

Guatemalan Human Rights Commission: http://www.ghrc-usa.org, who lists their partners here: http://www.ghrc-usa.org/about/our-partners/

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Guatemalan Child Return and Reintegration Project (GCRRP): https://supportkind.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/GCRRP-Factsheet-English1.pdf

Inter-American Foundation: http://www.iaf.gov/index.aspx?page=312

MENAMIG: https://www.facebook.com/menamig.mesanacional

Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana: http://www.movilidadhumana.com/?lang=en

Puente Norte

Human Rights Reports

Amnesty International (AI): https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/americas/guatemala/

Asociacion Proyecto Conrado de la Cruz: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Asociación-Proyecto-Conrado-de-la-Cruz/593180317467047

Centro Internacional para Investigaciones en Derechos Humanos (CIIDH): http://internationalbudget.org/groups/centro-internacional-para-investigaciones-en-derechos-humanos-ciidh/

Comision Presidencial de Derechos Humanos (COPREDEH): http://www.copredeh.gob.gt

Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM): http://www.worldcoalition.org/Grupo-de-Apoyo-Mutuo.html

Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC): https://ghrcusa.wordpress.com

Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG): https://hrdag.org/guatemala/

Human Rights Watch (HRW): https://www.hrw.org/americas/guatemala

Latin America Working Group: http://www.lawg.org

OxFam: https://www.oxfam.org/en/countries/guatemala

Peace Brigades International: http://www.peacebrigades.org/field-projects/pbi-guatemala/

Procurador de Derechos Humanos (PDH): http://www.pdh.org.gt

Unidad de Proteccion a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos Guatemala (UDEFEGUA): http://www.udefegua.org or https://www.justassociates.org/es/aliada/unidad-de-proteccion-defensoras-y-defensores-de-derechos-humanos-guatemala-udefegua

United States Department of State: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA): http://www.wola.org/country/guatemala

Contextualizing the Present: Recent History:

To read about the Truth Commission’s findings, following Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, you may go to this website and access a short history, the peace accord, and the Commission’s report in English and Spanish: http://www.usip.org/publications/truth-commission-guatemala .

Frommer’s recommends the following Volunteer and Working Trips:

If you want to lend a hand while in Guatemala, you have several options. Habitat for Humanity International (tel. 502/7763-5308 in Guatemala; http://www.habitat.org) has several chapters in Guatemala and sometimes runs organized Global Village programs here. Their Global Village trips are large, group-escorted trips that include work on a Habitat for Humanity building project, as well as other cultural and educational experiences. The costs range from Q9,000 to Q13,500 ($1,200-$1,800/£600-£900), not including airfare, for a 9- to 14-day program.

Alternatively, up in the Western Highlands around Quetzaltenango, you can check in with Entre Mundos (tel. 502/7761-2179; www.entremundos.org), which functions as bridge between a host of non-governmental organizations and community projects. They specifically work to connect foreign volunteers with appropriate community, social, health, and educational projects.

Tourism:

Here is an English-language tourism site: http://www.visitguatemala.com .

Here is the government’s Spanish-language Ministry of Tourism (INGUAT) site: http://www.inguat.gob.gt/inicio.php.

Frommer’s: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/guatemala

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