is the Campesino Committee of the Highlands?
that fights for access to land and labour rights for Mayan campesinos
of the CCDA
To promote the development
of campesino communities in Guatemala in order to elevate their
standard of living by way of programs and projects that respond
to the search for equality of conditions, participation and incidence
in social, economic, cultural and political processes and forums
in the country with the goal of building a new multiethnic, multicultural
and multilingual state and national unity.
History of the
The CCDA emerged from
the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR) during the peak of the civil war, in
1982 in San Martín Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango. The original
name was the Campesino Committee in Defence of the Highlands. The
perception that the CCDA was another armed group led to the arrest,
disappearance, assassination and exile of many of the CCDA directors
by the repression of the government against social groups and human
rights. For this reason, the CCDA changed its name to the Campesino
committee of the Highlands. The CCDA began to work clandestinely
until 1988 but were not established legally until 2000 when it succeeded
in becoming a legal organization. There are still CCDA members living
outside the country.
The Work of
The CCDA participates
at a regional, departmental, national and international level in
defence of access to land and the agricultural situation, labour
rights, human rights and the Mayan cultural situation. Through their
work, several members receive support with questions of land, credit,
educational scholarships, and have the opportunity to participate
in various trainings offered by the CCDA and other affiliates.
At the national level,
the CCDA forms part of the National Coordination of Campesino Organizations
(CNOC). Through this group, campesinos can organize themselves and
struggle together to improve their living conditions. That is to
say that campesino organizations like the CCDA can collaborate in
declaring their discontent with the lack of governmental policies
in favour of rural development and call for a better Guatemala that
considers the needs of campesinos and indigenous people.