Oxfam IBIS in Guatemala

Oxfam IBIS has worked in Guatemala since 1990 as IBIS. In Guatemala our role is to support and strengthen the capacity of indigenous peoples and their organizations to legitimize their collective and individual rights, contributing to building intercultural societies and multinational states and the exercise of full citizenship, in the framework of the rule of law.

Our office is based in Guatemala City, and from there we coordinate and carry out activities across the country, supporting indigenous peoples for the recognition and exercise of their rights - paying special attention to youth and women. We collaborate with 34 local partners, and have an annual turnover of approximately DKK 15 million.

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In 2015 following a prolonged process, 350 families from the Maya Ixil people were awarded just over one million euros in compensation from the company behind a hydropower plant, which had been built on their land. Oxfam IBIS had provided assistance to this effect, including analysis and legal counselling.

The Supreme Court of Guatemala sentenced two former military men to 360 years in prison in 2015 for murdering, raping and keeping Mayan women as sex slaves in the so-called Sepur Zarko case. The verdict marks a great triumph for the Mayan women, whom we have supported in their struggle to expose the numerous crimes committed against them during the civil war in Guatemala.

11,758 people were taught about their rights during 2015 with support from Oxfam IBIS