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Guatemala: News & Updates
Guatemala had the longest and bloodiest civil war in Central American history: 36 years (1960-96). The US-backed military was responsible for a genocide (“scorched earth policy”) that wiped out 200,000 mostly Maya indigenous civilians. War criminals are still being tried in the courts.
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Advocates have said that being LGBTQ substantially increases vulnerability to violence, with transgender individuals facing the highest risk. Neither El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala have laws protecting people from violence or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. For this reason we have seen many LGBTQI individuals make the difficult choice to migrate. This report explores the exacerbated risks that LGBTQI individuals face in their home countries, along the path of migration, and especially within U.S. immigration detention camps.
IRTF takes annual advocacy trips to Washington D.C. to speak with officers in each of our representatives' and senators' W.D.C offices. We express our cries of just policy that promotes freedom, justice, peace, and dignity for our neighbors in this hemisphere. We promote humane immigration policy that sees those arriving at our southern border as refugees rather than criminals, policy that restricts the neoliberal neocolonialist actions of trans and multi-national corporations, and a budget that significantly cuts military aid to central and South America and Mexico, among other issues.
We ask the Guatemalan government to put a stop to the oppression of Indigenous people’s voices and human rights.
Bernardo Caal Xol, Q’eqchi’ leader and human rights advocate, was wrongfully arrested on January 30th of 2018.