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Domingo Choc Che, Guía Espiritual Maya Q’eqchi’, científico, y maestro de medicina tradicional, fue asesinado el 6 de junio, 2020, en un horrendo crimen por sus prácticas de vida. Según Mónica Berger, antropóloga de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, él “era un guía comprometido con preservar y transmitir el conocimiento ancestral sobre la protección de Madre Naturaleza y su medicina, a las nuevas generaciones y al mundo”. Un grupo de pobladores de Chimay, San Luis, Petén, Guatemala, le prendió fuego a Domingo, y éste murió por la gravedad del hecho. Lo acusaban de brujo y de ser el responsable de la muerte de una persona en el pueblo porque le había hecho “brujería”. El 9 de junio 2020, la Policía Nacional Civil capturaró a cuatro personas que son supuestamente responsables del asesinato de Domingo Choc Che.

On September 28, Cultural Survival and Sobrevivencia Cultural, (our sister organization in Guatemala), submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), to appeal the decision of Guatemala's Constitutional Court which violates Indigenous Peoples' rights through the country's telecommunications law that excludes Indigenous Peoples from operating community radio stations. 

By Nati Garcia (Maya Mam, CS Staff)

World Soil Day is held annually on December 5 as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. For generations, Indigenous Peoples have shaped landscapes through a reciprocal relationship with the land, thus preserving healthy ecosystems. The connection to the land is mutually tied with Indigenous worldviews. Supporting traditional farming for Indigenous communities is vital. 

By Avexnim Cojtí (Maya K'iche', CS Staff)

Officially, there are only two types of frequencies for radio broadcasting in Guatemala: radio frequencies for private stations and for public or State radio. There is no category for Indigenous community radio and no frequencies are assigned to them, despite the commitment in the 1996 Peace Accords to reform the law to ensure Indigenous Peoples’ access to radio frequencies and to be able to operate them.

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