Sponsoring Communities take action: UUCA and NISGUA together in Guatemala

By | February 25th, 2016|accompaniment, ACOGUATE, AJR, Anthropology, CALDH, Consulta, corporate accountability, criminalization, cross-border connections, delegation, El Tambor, Escobal, FAFG, forensic anthropology, GAP, genocide, Guatemala, human rights, indigenous rights, internal armed conflict, justice, justice for genocide, Llan Carlos Dávila, massacre, Megaprojects / megaproyectos, memory, militarization, Minera San Rafael, Mining, photo, solidarity, Tahoe Resources, Uncategorized|

One of the pillars of international human rights accompaniment is the backing of a strong and active international network that commits to ongoing education of the international community about the human rights context of those we accompany, monitors the specific situations of those human rights defenders, and is ready to take action during high-risk moments [...]

Benedicto Lucas García and other high-ranking military arrested on charges of crimes against humanity

By | January 7th, 2016|accompaniment, Benedicto Lucas García, CALDH, FAFG, FAMDEGUA|

"We are talking about one of the biggest cases of forced disappearance in Latin America." - Thelma Aldana, Guatemala Attorney General Major arrests were made yesterday morning related to cases of crimes against humanity and forced disappearances committed between 1981 and 1988 by former high-ranking military officers. The remains of 558 people have been found at 4 different sites [...]

Retrial for Ríos Montt to take place behind closed doors

By | September 23rd, 2015|AJR, CALDH, impunity, INACIF, justice for genocide, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez|

Legal battles over Efraín Ríos Montt's health have taken center stage over the past three months in the decades-long search for justice for genocide in Guatemala. On August 25, the three-judge tribunal ruled that Ríos Montt is mentally unfit to stand trial due to chronic and irreversible dementia. The court ordered that Montt be assigned a [...]

Survivors call into question INACIF report claiming Ríos Montt too sick to stand trial

By | July 9th, 2015|AJR, CALDH, genocide trial, INACIF, justice for genocide, Rios Montt|

On Tuesday, Guatemala's National Forensic Science Institute (INACIF) published a report stating that former general Efraín Ríos Montt is mentally unfit to stand trial. The report was requested by Judge Carol Patricia Flores, the same judge who attempted to annul the genocide trial proceedings on April 18, 2013. The former de facto president was convicted on [...]

Interview with members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation on the genocide retrial and suspension of proceedings

By | January 9th, 2015|accompaniment, AJR, CALDH, genocide trial, judicial independence, justice system, Rios Montt, sentence|

NISGUA sat down with several members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) to ask them how they feel about the genocide retrial and the events of January 5th, when lead Judge Jeannette Valdés was recused from hearing the case and the retrial was suspended. The departure of Judge Valdés means that the trial [...]

Genocide retrial: Recusal of judge leads to suspension of proceedings

By | January 6th, 2015|AJR, CALDH, genocide trial, impunity, Ixil, justice for genocide, Rios Montt, solidarity|

"We know that genocide took place. The whole world knows it, but the truth has been denied." Juventino Caal, member of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR)Yesterday, a new trial against Jose Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez opened in Guatemalan courts and once again the survivors and witnesses were left clamoring [...]

The Countdown to January 5th, 2015: Genocide retrial on course, but questions remain

By | December 19th, 2014|AJR, CALDH, Constitutional Court, genocide trial|

“The thousands and thousands of victims will never abandon this struggle. We have to see it through. There are multitudes of victims by my side demanding that I speak out for justice and so I am going to speak out. In no moment will this [struggle] be abandoned. We have already made huge strides… I [...]

Guatemalan organization express their solidarity with Yassmín Barrios

By | April 9th, 2014|AJR, CALDH, genocide trial, justice system, solidarity, Yassmín Barrios|

OUR SUPPORT FOR THE DIGNITY AND PROFESSIONALISM of HONORABLE JUDGE YASSMÍN BARRIOSTo the people of Guatemala and to the international community, we express our total indignation of the decision emitted by the ethics tribunal of the Guatemalan Bar Association that attempts to penalize Judge Yassmín Barrios Aguilar.The Political Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala establishes [...]

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court set to hear arguments regarding fate of genocide trial

By | March 26th, 2014|AJR, Amnesty, appeal, CALDH, Claudia Paz y Paz, Constitutional Court, genocide trial, IACHR, injunction, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, survivors|

This morning, the Constitutional Court (CC), Guatemala’s highest court, will hear arguments regarding the April 2013 decision by Judge Carol Patricia Flores to set the genocide case back to a pre-trial phase. The mid-trial ruling cited technical errors in the judicial process and stated that the case should return to November 2011, before Ríos Montt [...]

Survivors submit complaint against Guatemalan state for denial of justice in genocide case

By | November 7th, 2013|AJR, CALDH, CIDH, genocide, justice, Rios Montt, survivors, trial, Washington DC|

Genocide survivors submit a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington DC on November 6, 2013. Photo: AJRINTERNATIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST THE GUATEMALAN STATE FOR DENIAL OF JUSTICE IN THE GENOCIDE CASE
Washington D.C., November 6, 2013 - Today, survivors of the Guatemalan genocide, along with civil society organizations, filed a complaint in the [...]