Guatemala


COVID-Positive Deportees Contaminate U.S.-Guatemalan Relations

Last Thursday, Guatemalan president, Alejandro Giammattei became the first Central American leader to criticize the United States’ deportation policy amidst the coronavirus pandemic. American deportees have contributed over a hundred new names to Guatemala’s list of infected. The new arrivals, Giammattei says, cause “serious problems” for an already struggling healthcare […]


Asylum Seekers Unjustly Transferred From The U.S. To Guatemala

An agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala allows for non-Guatemalan asylum seekers to be effectively deported to Guatemala without the possibility of lodging asylum claims in the U.S., a report has recently showed. The report was published on May 19th by Human Rights Watch and Refugees International. It shows that the […]


The Dangers Of Coronavirus Profiteering

SARS-CoV-2, or the coronavirus, has been spreading rapidly across the globe in recent weeks. It has dominated media coverage since it appeared right after the new year. On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities were treating dozens of pneumonia cases with unknown causes. On January 11th, China reported its first death […]


Guatemala Enters A State Of Siege After Military Murders

This past week, the Guatemalan government called for a national state emergency after the murder of three military personnel. Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales suspects these murders are by drug traffickers attempting to pass through towards Mexico and eventually to the U.S.. The state of emergency suspends the rights of assembly, […]


Gender Inequities In The Global Coffee Supply Chain

Global coffee consumption is on the rise with trade statistics from the International Coffee Organization (ICO) indicating world coffee exports have grown from 9.13 million bags in 2016 to 10.9 million bags in 2019. In the recent decade, women’s role in the global coffee supply chain has gained traction as […]


Trump Administration’s New Rule Ends Asylum Seeking At Southern Border

As the Trump Administration continues their attempts to limit the influx of refugees entering the U.S.-Mexico border, the President has made the controversial decision of reversing decades of U.S. policy by ending asylum protection for migrants arriving at this common point of entry. The announcement came on Monday July 15, stating […]


Inhumane Living Conditions Of Migrant children In Yuma Detention Center Spark Public Concern

The United States maintains the largest undocumented immigration detention infrastructures in the world. There were an estimated 363 or more detention sites in operation within 2007-2009. Children constitute the largest migrant population, and even though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not been open to publicizing up-to-date figures of […]


Indigenous Xinka March Against Guatemalan Silver Mine

On Tuesday, hundreds of indigenous Xinkas marched through Guatemala City to protest the contravention of a Constitutional Court ruling regarding the operation of a local mine. Last September, the court found that the establishment process of the mine in 2013, 75km Southeast of Guatemala City, failed to meet its obligation […]


Guatemala To Withdraw From UN Anti-Corruption Body

On January 7th the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Sandra Jovel, announced the nation’s withdrawal from the UN supported anti-corruption commission and gave the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) staff 24 hours to leave the country.  In August of 2018, Morales announced that the mandate of the anti-corruption body would not be […]


Child Migrant In Custody At Mexico-U.S. Border Dies

Last week it was announced that on Thursday, December 6 a seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died after spending eight hours in U.S. border control custody. The young girl and her father had crossed the border illegally the previous week but the two handed themselves over to authorities on December 6. Border […]


The Global Refugee Crisis And The Call To Open Up Borders

In today’s conflict-riddled atmosphere and increasing instances of natural disaster’s, as a result of climate change, the world is undergoing the largest global refugee crisis in its history. According to Oxfam, more than 65 million people have fled their homes in wake of varying threats to their safety. Of this […]


‘Estas En Tu Casa’: Mexico’s Offer To Migrant Caravan

On Friday 26th October Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced that Mexico would be offering temporary work permits to those travelling in the migrant caravan to the United States. The deal, known as ‘Estas En Tu Casa’ (You Are in Your Home) includes temporary education and medical arrangements for those who […]


Guatemala’s Life Threatening ‘Protection Of Life And Family’ Bill Reaches Final Stages Of Approval

Having successfully passed through Congress twice, Guatemala’s controversial ‘Protection of Life and Family’ bill is scheduled to be discussed for the last time next week before it is sent to President Jimmy Morales for final approval. Introduced by 23 deputies of Congress and the Evangelical Coordinator of Guatemala in March […]