By Ray Beckerman
Man's inhumanity to man and other living things threatens the whole human experiment. Let's fight it, and try to build a future.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Protecting freedom of expression in Guatemala
Partnering with Indigenous Peoples around the world
to defend their lands, languages, and cultures.
Visiting the Ixil Triangle
and Uncovering its History with Community Radios
Guatemala has a sad history
for the Mayan people. The civil war tore its population and
left a veil of fear that has taken years to uncover. Despite
the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996 that brought peace to
Guatemala and ended its 36 years of war, little has actually
changed for indigenous communities. The Ixil triangle holds
much of Guatemala's war history. Located on the Cuchumatanes
mountains, the Ixil triangle is composed of three communities
Nebaj, Chajul and Cotzal. The area is referred to as the Ixil
triangle because the three communities form a triangle
geographically and the Mayan dialect spoken there is Ixil. Read More
Cultural Survival Mourns the
Loss of Marcelino Moscut, an Outstanding Indigenous
On June 30, 2014, Marcelino Moscut, a Mayan
Poqomam, political leader and Indigenous rights activist passed
away in Palin, Escuintla. Marcelino began his work within
Indigenous movements at the young age of 15. He observed the
discrimination and division the Poqomam people suffered due to
a long history of colonization. His work expanded to include
the fight for fair treatment of Indigenous Peoples and the
fight for the freedom of expression for indigenous communities
through the media. He was the president of the Commission for
the Implementation of the Peace Accords (CENAP) and one of the
founders, as well as ex-president, of the Academy of Mayan
Languages of Guatemala. Read More.
Protecting Freedom of Expression
in Guatemala: The Case of Daniel Pascual
Daniel Pascual is a
42-year-old Quiche defender of Indigenous rights, a well known
activist and the current president of the Comite de Unidad
Campesina (CUC). Daniel Pascual recently appeared at the
Constitutional Court of Guatemala to hear the complaint filed
by the president of the Foundation Against Terrorism, Ricardo
Méndez Ruiz, accusing him of libel, slander and defamation.
Daniel Pascual began his work
for the betterment of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
at the young age of 13. His work includes working for the
fulfillment of the Peace Accords; developing Food and Nutrition
Security programs; creating a bill of integrated Rural
Development and many others. He has also participated in
various activities with the Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) and the United Nations, concerning the concentration of
land and the rights of farmers. Read more.
Radio Programs on the Alta
Outcome Document Available
Survival radio producers Kaimana Barcarse (Native Hawai'ian)
and Rosy Gonzalez (Kaqchikel Maya) have developed a series of
10 radio programs based on the Alta Outcome Document, which is
the final document of the Alta, Norway, meeting that took place
in June 2013 in preparation for the World Conference on
Indigenous Peoples (WCIP). The programs were sponsored and are
being disseminated by the WCIP's Global Coordinating Group.
Each rights-based program offers an introduction
to the Alta conference and the WCIP and shares a principle or
request outlined in the document in accessible language.
Currently the programs are available in English on Cultural
Survival's website; Spanish versions will be coming soon. Listen Here.
We Are Still Here:
Tribes in New
England Stand Their Ground
CSQ 38-2, June 2014
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