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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

NISGUA in NYC with the Association for Justice and Reconciliation: Listen live to our special event

By | May 30th, 2013|AJR, celebration, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, reflection, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

Live transmission of event in NYC with the AJR. Tramission will begin at approximately 7:15pm EST, May 30, and last for one hour.Transmisión en vivo de la actividad en la ciudad de Nueva York con la AJR. Transmisión de 1 hora, 30 de mayo, empezando a las 7:15pm EST (aproximadamente).Alternate link: here

AJR Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

By | May 22nd, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial, United Nations|

The Association for Justice and Reconciliation addressed the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City today. We are honored to provide the exclusive English translation of the declaration. Read the Spanish version here.  Association for Justice and ReconciliationDeclaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 12th SessionNew York, NY, [...]

Genocide trial sentence overturned; CALDH press conference called sentence, “An opportunity for peace”

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

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court emitted a resolution late Monday evening to annul the genocide trial verdict and revert proceedings back to April 19. Judge Barrios of the First Court for High Risk Crimes "A" has 24 hours after being notified of the resolution this morning to comply with the Constitutional Court. The full impact of [...]

Sentence of Dignified Reparations for the Ixil People

By | May 14th, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

On May 10, Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity, in an historic ruling that sentenced him to 80 years in prison. As ordered during the verdict, yesterday Judge Yassmín Barrios heard the reparations requests of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation and the Center for Human [...]

Ríos Montt: Guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity

By | May 11th, 2013|AJR, genocide, Guatemala, history, human rights, impunity, indigenous rights, international law, Ixil, justice, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, solidarity, survivors, testimony, trial|

Today in Guatemala, Judge Yazmin Barrios found former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. The court ratified all the elements of genocide described by witness and expert testimony, concluding that Ríos Montt had both command authority and "full knowledge of what was happening and did nothing to stop it."  Ríos [...]

Genocide on Trial, Day 26: Benjamin Jerónimo on behalf of AJR, “I ask that justice be done… so the survivors can feel peace”

By | May 10th, 2013|AJR, Benjamin Jerónimo, CALDH, conclusions, human rights, indigenous rights, Ixil, Rios Montt, Rodriguez Sanchez, testimony, trial|

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity.Read our previous summaries: Day 1, 2, 3, 4/5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11-14, 12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18, 19, 20-1, 20-2, 21, Constitutional Court decisions, trial suspension, Day 22, 23, 24/25 and [...]