Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Communique from the Council of Maya Pueblos of Guatemala


Maya Pueblos of Guatemala call for National Strike on June 23, 2014 

On June 23, 2014 the Mayan Peoples will enter into a NATIONAL STRIKE in the parks and streets of our territories, to demand and demonstrate to those who still do not understand the importance of the Pueblo Maya in the political, economic and social advancement towards fulfillment of the mandate of our Political Constitution: the common good.

The actual application and practice of our rights contained in the ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, obligates us to stand firm in our organized and permanent struggle.

We are the Pueblo Maya, we live in our territory and we demand the practical application of our rights contained in the ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ratified by the State of Guatemala.


Maya Pueblos of Guatemala call for National Strike on June 23, 2014
in PROTEST of the ILLEGAL ALLOCATION of Mining Concessions on Maya Territory enforced by the Guatemalan National Military in violation of the the Right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, in violation of the Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, in violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in COMPLETE CONTRADICTION to the official position taken by the Guatemalan Government as a "Friendly State" in the proceedings leading up to the UN High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly September 2014, aka FAKE WORLD CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.

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May 15, 2014 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Declaration of the Maya Mam Council of Quetzaltenango

"As indigenous peoples, we do not recognize and wholly reject the representation of "Ancestral Authorities" of which CACIF and FUNDESA mention in their newly released Statement. We therefore do not endorse any proposals that they make within the context of the Forum and other political spaces. These authorities are being manipulated and utilized for the benefit of the traditional oligarchy in Guatemala."


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Press Release: Mayan councils express deep concern over UNPFII announcement
"The historical and current context of Guatemala demonstrate that development has and continues to be imposed on indigenous peoples in a manner that does not respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous, the ILO Convention No. 169, and Guatemala’s own Constitution."

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Communique to the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus

"Permit us the honor to refer to you to follow up with the agreement of the encounter
DISMANTLING the Doctrine of Discovery
realized in Phoenix, Arizona where Maya Vision Guatemala, Maya Vision of Los Angeles, and Techantit Cultural Center of the sister Republic of El Salvador, along with TONATIERRA agreed to mutually support ourselves in the defense of the Natural Resources and Human Rights of the peoples that are being criminalized by the states and the transnational companies; in our last conference via telephone it was sustained and agreed, to streamline and make said accords viable, in formalizing our request before the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples and have a team of accompaniment in capacity of
International Observers of Indigenous Human Rights
to Guatemala."

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El Consejo del Pueblo Maya -CPO- COMUNICA: 

Que el día 23 de Junio del 2014 el Pueblo Maya entrará en Paro Nacional saliendo en los parques y calles de nuestro territorio, para exigir y demostrar a quienes todavía no entienden la importancia del Pueblo Maya en el avance político, económico y social para cumplir el mandato de nuestra Constitución Política: el bien común. 


La aplicación real y práctica de nuestros derechos contenidos en el Convenio 169 de la OIT y la declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, nos obliga a mantenernos firmes en luchar de forma organizada y permanente. 

Somos el pueblo Maya, vivimos en Nuestro territorio y exigimos la aplicación práctica de nuestros derechos contenidos en el Convenio 169 de la OIT y la declaración de las Naciones Unidas, sobre Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas ratificados por el Estado de Guatemala. 


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