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 [...]

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 [...]

Genocide survivors respond to congressional resolution to deny genocide

By | May 19th, 2014|AJR, communique, Congress, genocide, impunity, justice, survivors|

"We are thousands of Guatemalan victims of grave human rights violations committed during the internal armed conflict. The only thing we ask for is justice."  - Communique from survivors in response to congressional resolution to deny genocideGenocide survivors gather in front of the Congress of the Republic.On late Tuesday, May 13, the Guatemalan Congress passed [...]

Human Rights Convergence statement on the Attorney General nomination

By | May 6th, 2014|Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, human rights convergence, impunity, justice, nomination process, Otto Pérez Molina|

The pact to maintain impunity consolidates with the nomination for Attorney GeneralThe Human Rights Convergence states:The director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office is a key and decisive position to guarantee that justice is done and that it is swift. With Doctor Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey at the head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, meaningful [...]

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits the Midwest

By | November 18th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, Chicago, genocide, impunity, justice, midwest, Oberlin, tour, trial, Wisconsin|

“We are here in the United States asking for your solidarity. Borders divide us, but justice is a fundamental pillar of democracy” -Anselmo Roldán to the international community From November 7-11, NISGUA visited six Midwestern cities with Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) president Anselmo Roldán.  The Midwest leg of our speaking tour started in [...]

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits Los Angeles

By | November 8th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, genocide, impunity, justice, Los Angeles, tour, trial|

The Guatemala Education and Action Project (GEAP) hosted NISGUA and the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) on our third tour stop in Los Angeles. GEAP's events included a press conference, community event and a number of college speaking opportunities for AJR president Anselmo Roldán. Anselmo receives a plaque by a local Guatemalan in Los [...]

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” DC & Tucson tour stops

By | November 5th, 2013|AJR, amensty, genocide, impunity, justice, tour, trial, Tucson, Washington DC|

On October 30, NISGUA began our tour with Association for Justice and Reconciliation president, Anselmo Roldán Aguilar. After a day of meeting with key state and congressional representatives, Anselmo gave his first presentation at the Unitarian Unitarian Church of Arlington. The event, hosted by Partners for Arlington and Guatemala, connected Anselmo with a group of [...]

“No Impunity! No Amnesty!”: Organizations react to news of CC ruling

By | October 23rd, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, CALDH, communique, Constitutional Court, genocide, impunity, justice, trial|

Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre splashed "CC brings José Efraín Ríos Montt closer to amnesty" across its front page headlines, with the corresponding article publishing excerpts of a leaked ruling issued by the Constitutional Court. Plaintiffs and lawyers still have not received notification of the decision at the time of this writing. The article states that [...]

NISGUA’s genocide trial coverage: the complete collection

By | June 21st, 2013|AJR, CALDH, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

While we await the next steps of the genocide trial, we are honored to provide an accessible archive of the daily coverage we provided from day 1 of the trial. Please read and share this historic collection.Genocide on Trial, Day 1: Ixil witnesses speakGenocide on Trial, Day 2: Ixil Voices in the Halls of JusticeGenocide [...]

Speculation around genocide trial restart; Ríos Montt back under house arrest

By | June 12th, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

Guatemalan civil society reacted to the May 20 annulment of the genocide trial verdict through public actions, marches and vigils overwhelmingly rejecting the decision. On May 24, an impromptu march that some activists reported to be the largest in recent history organized in the name of memory in Guatemala. An estimated 5,000 people filled the [...]