Guatemala

Date: April 1, 2014
“Freedom of speech,” said Eduardo Laroj, a station volunteer and DJ for Fiesta en mi pueblo, a program that broadcasts marimba orchestras. Laroj’s statement started the discussion on station objectives at a meeting in Sumpango, Guatemala on Saturday, March 8, 2014
Date: March 26, 2014

Ak’Kutan Radio, the only Indigenous community radio station in the Toledo District of Belize, has just undergone renovations that are enabling them to reach more communities than ever before.

Date: March 24, 2014

Two members of our Free, Prior and Informed Initiative (FPIC) team in Guatemala travelled to Panama and Costa Rica for three weeks this month to spread the word about the program to Indigenous communities in the two countries.

Date: March 7, 2014

It was the morning of 7 Ajpu according to the Maya calendar, a date that represents strength, confidence, and bravery.

Date: February 28, 2014
Date: February 26, 2014

On February 8, 2014, 55 youth from Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador gathered in Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala for Cultural Survival's First Central American Youth Forum.

Date: February 12, 2014

Indigenous peoples in Guatemala rely on community radio to keep their culture, language, and traditions alive and to inform their communities about issues and events relevant to their lives.

Date: February 12, 2014

Community radio has been a vital presence in Indigenous communities in Guatemala since the 1960s.

Date: February 4, 2014
Francisco Cali Tzay, Mayan Kaqchikel from Guatemala, was elected on February 3, 2014 to a two-year term as President of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on the first day of its 84th session. Cali Tzay is the first Indigenous expert to hold such a position in the UN system.
Date: January 31, 2014

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Date: January 29, 2014
On January 24, 2014, Cultural Survival, a Cambridge-based Indigenous Peoples’ rights organization, submitted a Statement of Information on the Prohibition on Indigenous Peoples Community Radio Stations in Guatemala to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya as a measure to further call attention to the violation of Indigenous Peoples’ freedom of speech in Guatemala.
Date: January 27, 2014

Eight Indigenous communities in northern Huehuetenango have joined together to defend their traditional territories against transnational projects.

Date: January 23, 2014

Juan de Leon Tuyuc Velasquez (Kaqchikel Maya), a former guerrilla commander during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, was killed on January 15, 2014 in Solola by unknown gunmen. 

Date: January 22, 2014

On January 11-12, 2014, over 20 women and men from the municipality of Huitan, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala took part in a second radio exchange with Radio Acodim Nampix of Ixtahuacán, Huehuetenango.

Date: January 21, 2014

Ryann Dear is the newest volunteer on our Community Radio Project team in Guatemala. She is a recent graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Archaeology.

Date: January 11, 2014

Indigenous peoples in Guatemala rely on community radio to keep their culture, language, and traditions alive as well as to inform their communities about issues and events relevant to their lives.

Date: January 7, 2014

Cultural Survival’s Community Radio Program team is days away from the final event of our project aimed at improving participation and integration of Indigenous youth from Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador through community radio.

Date: December 16, 2013

Peter Bol is a 22 year-old community radio volunteer from the Toledo District of Belize.

Date: December 11, 2013

In a groundbreaking decision, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ruled last week that community consultations against mining projects should be considered as binding legal decisions.

Date: December 10, 2013
It was the morning of 7 Ajpu according to the Mayan calendar, a date which represents strength, confidence, and bravery. Fifty-three Indigenous youth representing 3 countries and at least 7 distinct Indigenous communities gathered in the shadow of volcanoes on a secluded patio overlooking Guatemala’s dazzling Lake Atitlan to participate in a traditional Maya ceremony. The ceremony would usher in the Second International Radio Conference for Indigenous Youth, to take place from November 26-28, 2013, by the Christian calendar. The event’s goal was to build networks and collaboration among Indigenous youth from Guatemala, Belize, and El Salvador, using community radio and shared Maya culture as a foundation and a medium for their work.