Numerous indigenous and campesino communities, committed to defending the territory and natural assets, have denounced the intervention of private companies in various geographical areas through the imposition of extractive projects (mining, hydroelectric, petrol, monoculture, etc.). Many of these projects have begun without prior consultation or, in areas where consultations have taken place, are going ahead despite the lack of consent of the affected communities and indigenous peoples. Within the framework of the social and community resistance processes articulated in the country, many human rights violations have been denounced, as have attacks against those who defend them. The characteristics of the context reflect the need to maintain international attention on the situation of human rights in Guatemala and the people who defend them, with particular concern for the situation of social actors who defend land, territory and natural resources and who struggle for the collective rights of indigenous peoples.
This theme is the area of focus of the majority of accompanied organizations, groups and communities:
the Cunén Community Council of Communities of Cunén in the department of Quiché
the Ecumenical and Social Coordinator for the Defense of Life in Zacapa and Chiquimula,
the K'iche’ Peoples Council in the department of Quiché,
the ‘New Day’ Ch'orti' Campesino Central Coordinator in the department of Chiquimula,
the Peaceful Resistance of Cahabón in the department of Guatemala,
the Peaceful Resistance La Laguna in the department of Guatemala,
the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya in the department of Guatemala,
the TZK'AT Network of Ancestral Healers of Community Feminism from Ixmulew who works in the whole country.