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State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011 

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today. In the flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011, MRG documents cases from across the world showing how...

Guatemala: Stove project to improve cooking methods  

The Guatemalan Stove Project is a small charity based in Perth, Ontario. By raising small sums of money (around $250.), Canadians are able to work with local people, many of whom are from the Maya indigenous community, in the Western Highlands in Guatemala, to improve their cooking methods. Instead of having to cook over an open stove, causing pollution, health problems and using...

Guatemala: Edgar Pérez - Genocide and justice 

In March this year former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt made international headlines when he was convicted on genocide charges. Sadly, the conviction was swiftly overturned by Guatemala's Constitution Court. A new trial is set to begin in January 2015, but many fear that the same legal and political barriers will stand in the way of a conviction.Last month one of Guatemala's foremost...

Guatemala: Interview with Isabel Turuy Patzan, Representative of the 12 Communities in Resistance 

San Juan Sacatapéquez is a Guatemalan town, rich in natural resources and biodiversity, where indigenous Maya Kaqchikel form 82 per cent of the population. In 2006, the government granted concessions to the Guatemalan company CEMPRO (Cemento Progreso S.A.) to build a quarry and a cement factory in the area, and a new road cutting through communal land. Indigenous communities from San Juan were not...

Guatemala's Maya community  

The majority of indigenous peoples in Guatemala are of Mayan descent. The Maya are essentially a regional group. In all an estimated 5 million Mayans live in the different Central American countries,The Mayans of Guatemala are the only indigenous culture that constitutes a majority of the population in a Central American republic. There are 21 different Maya groups in Guatemala making up an estimated...



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