Genocide retrial set for January 2015; national courts debate possibility of amnesty

On November 5, almost six months since the highly contested decision by Guatemala's Constitutional Court (CC) to annul the genocide sentence, Guatemalan courts announced a date for the retrial of former General Ríos Montt. Guatemala's High Risks Court “B” affirmed that it has the jurisdiction to hear the case but said its calendar is full until January 5, 2015.The announcement of the retrial date came the same day that the Association for Justice and Reconciliation and their legal team filed a complaint in [...]

By | December 12th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, Constitutional Court, genocide, IACHR, justice, Rios Montt, trial|0 Comments

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits Laramie, Denver and the Bay Area

The "Justice for genocide: A survivor's story" fall speaking tour left Wisconsin on November 13 to embark on the final stops of the tour: Laramie, WY; Denver, CO; and the Bay Area, CA. The Wyoming Guatemala Accompaniment Project (WYGap) welcomed tour speaker, Association for Justice and Reconciliation President Anselmo Roldán, and NISGUA Programs Coordinator, Ellen Moore. WYGap organized a total of eight events over a day and a half, the majority hosted at University of Wyoming in Laramie.Anselmo connected with [...]

By | December 1st, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, Denver, genocide, justice, Laramie, San Francisco, tour, trial|0 Comments

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

“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 Oberlin, OH, hosted by NISGUA sponsoring community, the Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment (SEPA).Similar to other sponsoring communities who are connected to NISGUA's Guatemalan Accompaniment [...]

By | November 18th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, Chicago, genocide, impunity, justice, midwest, Oberlin, tour, trial, Wisconsin|0 Comments

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

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 Angeles.Posters calling for justice accompany Anselmo's presentation at a community event.NISGUA staffer Ellen Moore supports Anselmo with interpretation.Nearly 100 local activists and community members greeted [...]

By | November 8th, 2013|AJR, Amnesty, genocide, impunity, justice, Los Angeles, tour, trial|0 Comments

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

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 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the Guatemalan state for the continued impunity  for grave human rights violations committed against the Ixil people. The [...]

By | November 7th, 2013|AJR, CALDH, CIDH, genocide, justice, Rios Montt, survivors, trial, Washington DC|0 Comments

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

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 dedicated individuals committed to promoting human rights and education in Guatemala as well as supporting immigrants in their local community.In D.C., we launched our tour [...]

By | November 5th, 2013|AJR, amensty, genocide, impunity, justice, tour, trial, Tucson, Washington DC|0 Comments

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

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 the ruling outlines a legal path for granting amnesty to Efraín Ríos Montt for crimes of genocide. Other major news sources and a spokesperson for [...]

Gains for communities defending life and territory as mining takes a hit in Guatemala

On July 22, a Canadian court ruled that Hudbay Minerals will stand trial in Canada for violence, including murder and rape, carried out by employees of its former Guatemalan subsidiary, Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel S.A. (CGN). The struggle to hold this Canadian mining company responsible for human rights abuses committed abroad began in 2010 when Angelica Choc initiated a lawsuit for the murder of her husband, community leader Adolfo Ich Chamán, by private security guards contracted by CGN.Today, Hudbay is [...]

Tahoe Myths: Setting the record straight

On Monday July 8, Guatemala's Public Prosecutor, on behalf of the six victims and co-plaintiffs in the case, filed a formal accusation against Alberto Rotondo, former security manager for Minera San Rafael, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources. Rotondo was employed by the company when he allegedly ordered private security guards under his command to shoot at peaceful protesters outside the mine’s entrance on April 27 of this year. He has since been indicted on charges of [...]

Hundreds accompany the Ixil people on their Day of Dignity

Several hundred traveled from Guatemala City to Nebaj on June 21-22 with the "Caravan for the Dignity of the Ixil People and Against Genocide". Photo: NISGUAIxil authorities welcome organizations to Nebaj. Photo: NISGUAEach year on June 22, the Ixil people remember their martyrs and heroes. The day commemorates seven principal Ixil leaders who rose up in resistance and called for the dignity of their people in the face of forced labor under the Jorge Ubico dictatorship. On the morning of [...]