Departments of Alta and Baja Verapaz, the municipality of El Estor in the department of Izabal and the Zona Reina del Quiché

Area of work and rights defended

The CCDA is a peasant organization that accompanies and advises communities, mostly indigenous, that fight for access to land and ownership to create dignified living conditions in the face of eviction and dispossession of their lands where these communities have lived for many generations.

Description of the problem

The CCDA is a peasant and indigenous movement with more than 36 years’ experience of struggle and resistance. CCDA is active in 20 departments of the country, accompanying communities that have been repressed and dispossessed of their lands, and thus find themselves involved in conflicts related to land ownership. CCDA provides communities with political training and access to state institutions that deal with agrarian issues. Its objective is to achieve a national agrarian policy.

The CCDA of the Verapaces accompanies some 150 Q'eqchi communities, supporting them in the resolution of conflicts related to the possession of the land they inhabit. To this end, they have established official talks with the Vice Presidency of the Government of Guatemala. In August 2017 they identified 41 cases where the population is most vulnerable and roadmaps for each community in conflict were created. CCDA also give workshops on gender equality and new masculinities. In addition, they offer psychological support and legal advice to the women in the organisation, about the rights that have been violated during violent extrajudicial evictions.

Due to a series of killings (5 in 2018), repression and criminalization against the members of the CCDA - The Verapaces, they decided to send PBI a request for accompaniment, which we analysed and accepted. PBI began accompanying CCDA - The Verapaces in July 2018.