SPIRe Seminar Series Week Two – Guatemala Roundtable

SPIRe, in collaboration with the UCD Institute for British Irish Studies (IBIS) and Troicare, is pleased to host a “Guatemala Roundtable” for the second installment of the fall seminar series.  Further details below, but please note the change in date and venue to TUESDAY, Sept. 25th from 17:30-19:00 in Theatre 1 (basement) of the UCD Newman (Arts) Building.


With speakers from Guatemala, members of, The Association Programme for Mobilisation and Advocacy for Children, Guillermo Toriello Foundation, Pastoral Commission for Peace and Ecology, Centre for Legal Action for Human Rights

More information on the organisations represented at the discussion:

PAMI: The Association Programme for Mobilisation and Advocacy for Children. PAMI works poor children and adolescents to educate them and mobilise them about their rights, and lobbies local government authorities to protect the rights of children and adolescents in Guatemala.

FGT: the Guillermo Toriello Foundation was founded in 1996 after the Peace Accords, which ended  the 36 year armed conflict in Guatemala. FGT was founded to reintegrate former guerillas from the Guatemalan armed conflict. The FGT works to defend the rights of the Guatemalan population at national level, providing emergency and practical assistance to communities in need, mobilising communities to defend their land and territorial rights and lobbying the Guatemalan authorities to protect land rights.

COPAE: the Pastoral Commission for Peace and Ecology based in the San Marcos diocese in Guatemala. COPAE works with indigenous communities to mobilise and protect their territorial rights, against the increasing threats of the extractive industry. Founded by Archbishop Ramazzini in 2007, COPAE has organized and mobilised community consultations against mining activities in the San Marcos region, because of the environmental and human rights impacts of these activities. The particular mine in question, the Marlin mine, is owned by Goldcorp, a company which was invested in by the Irish National Pension Reserve Fund

CALDH Centre for Legal Action for Human Rights. Founded by UN Special Rapporteur Frank la Rue, CALDH have played a major role in representing the victims of Guatemala’s armed conflict, a conflict which lasted for 36 years and during which more than 200,000 mostly indigenous people were killed.


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