Language English Español Summary Guatemala has made dramatic progress over the past decade in promoting accountability for abuses of power, including cases of human rights atrocities and acts of corruption. This progress is due in large measure to the International Commission against Impunity in ...
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Guatemala: Rios Montt Convicted of Genocide
Landmark Ruling against Impunity, Judicial Control Needed in Handling Appeals
The guilty verdict against Efraín Ríos Montt, former leader of Guatemala, for genocide and crimes against humanity is an unprecedented step toward establishing accountability for atrocities during the country’s brutal civil war. “The conviction of Rios Montt sends a powerful message to Guatemala ...
Guatemala: Genocide Trial Suspension
Annulment Would Delay Justice, Force Victims to Repeat Painful Testimony
The abrupt suspension of the genocide trial of former de facto head of Guatemala, Efraín Ríos Montt, raises serious concerns about victims’ access to justice, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2013, as the four-week trial was nearing its conclusion, Judge Carol Patricia Flores – who had ...
Former Guatemalan strongman Efraín Ríos Montt went on trial in Guatemala City late last month on charges of genocide relating to the massacres of indigenous Mayan people during his rule. The trial of a former dictator is a remarkable development in a country where impunity for past atrocities has ...
During Guatemala's brutal civil war, filmmaker Pamela Yates captured damning footage of the Guatemalan military's campaign against Mayan civilians. Twenty-five years later, her footage became evidence in an international war-crimes case against the former commander of the army. Her quest ...
para la Accion Legal en Derechos Humanos, CALDH) was briefly kidnapped and several other members ... (Comision Internacional de Investigacion contra la Impunidad en Guatemala, CICIG). The commission ...
Guatemala: State Recognizes Role in Political Killing
But Further Steps Needed to Bring Justice in Past Abuses
By recognizing the state’s role in the 1990 murder of anthropologist Myrna Mack, Guatemalan President Oscar Berger today took an important step in promoting accountability for past human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said. The president’s declaration at a ceremony in Guatemala City was in ...
A presidential election is being held tomorrow in which one of the leading candidates stands accused of genocide. Efrain Rios Montt, a retired general, is seeking the presidency of Guatemala. In the early 1980s he headed a military regime that carried out hundreds of massacres of unarmed civilians ...
Français (Brussels)- The Belgian Parliament's repeal of its landmark "universal jurisdiction" statute is a step backwards in the global fight against the worst atrocities, six human rights groups said today. Nonetheless, some cases already being investigated by Belgian courts will ...
On March 13, the Guatemalan government and human rights advocates reached a historic agreement to establish a three-member commission of inquiry to investigate clandestine groups that are responsible for attacks on human rights defenders, justice officials, witnesses in key cases, and civil society ...