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 [...]

Ríos Montt ordered to undergo a full psychiatric review

By | July 28th, 2015|AJR, CICIG, genocide trial, INACIF, justice for genocide, Rios Montt|

"We can't allow the massacres in our communities to remain in impunity. We've already achieved our sentence, but we're ready for it to be declared a second time because we know there was genocide." - Julia Cortéz, spokesperson for the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), plaintiff in the genocide case.Questions surrounding ex-general Ríos Montt's [...]

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 [...]

2015 US Appropriations Act maintains restrictions on US military aid to Guatemala

By | January 15th, 2015|Appropriations Act, CARSI, genocide trial, Otto Pérez Molina, Rios Montt, US embassy in Guatemala, US military aid|

When President Otto Peréz Molina was elected in 2012, he came with an agenda to fully re-instate US military aid and end the restrictions on funding to Guatemala in place to varying degrees since the Carter administration implemented a direct security aid ban in 1977.Even before the Peace Accords were signed in 1996, the outright [...]

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 [...]

A solidarity message to the Association for Justice and Reconciliation as the genocide case goes to retrial

By | January 5th, 2015|AJR, genocide trial, justice for genocide, Rios Montt, testimony, Yassmín Barrios|

January 5, 2015Dear members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR),During this moment in which the Guatemala justice system is retrying the case against Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, we here at NISGUA want to acknowledge this long process in search of justice and particularly recognize the bravery of the witnesses who testified [...]

Ixil communities of Nebaj express opposition to US-led extraction in their territory

By | September 18th, 2014|accompaniment, AJR, genocide, genocide trial, internal armed conflict, International Day of Indigenous Peoples, Ixil, Megaprojects / megaproyectos, mineria, Mining, pueblos indigenas, Rios Montt|

"Historically, we have never received the support of the state or the government for our development, which is why it seems fair that we be able to take advantage of our own natural resources in order to improve the living conditions of our people according to our own vision of development." Letter from communities of Nebaj [...]

Worldwide action for the one-year anniversary of the genocide sentence

By | May 5th, 2014|action, AJR, genocide trial, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, sentence, survivors, Yassmín Barrios|

“We must raise awareness [so] that these kinds of events are never repeated, because the people of Guatemala want to live in peace, acknowledging our identity, our rich multicultural, multilingual [heritage] and the respect for the freedom of expression of our ideas.” -Genocide sentence (page 89 in English translation)Photo: CMI GuatemalaThis coming May 10, people around [...]

Interview with Judge Yassmín Barrios: “The door to impunity and corruption is being opened”

By | April 8th, 2014|ethics, genocide trial, judicial independence, justice system, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, Yassmín Barrios|

Interview originally published by El Periódico in Spanish. Translation by NISGUA.Judge Yassmín Barrios Photo: El PeriódicoJudge Iris Yassmín Barrios, presiding judge of the High Risk Crimes Court A, refers to the decision handed down against her last week by the Ethics Tribunal of the Guatemalan Bar Association (CANG in Spanish), in which her professional duties are suspended [...]