Forced Disappearance: Resilience and creativity in the defense of memory and search for justice

450 chairs are set up in Guatemala City on June 30, 2017 to commemorate the 45,000 people disappeared by the Guatemalan military. Credit: CPR Urbana. Photo: Faces of some of the people forcibly disappeared by the Guatemalan National Police during the conflict. In 2006, an illegal detention center [...]

No to the militarization of communities and borders. Yes to self-determination!

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No to militarization of communities and borders. Yes to community self-determination! As the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), we believe that all of us have shared stakes with the people of Guatemala in the eradication of U.S. militarism in Central America. We know the same systems that work against [...]

CREOMPAZ: The biggest case of forced disappearance in Latin America

CREOMPAZ: The largest case of forced disappearance in Latin America On January 6, 2016, 14 former military officers were arrested on charges of forced disappearance and crimes against humanity based on evidence uncovered at the CREOMPAZ military center in Cobán, Alta Verapaz. Now a United Nations peacekeeper training base, CREOMPAZ (Regional Training Command [...]

Sepur Zarco: first-ever conviction for sexual and domestic slavery

Sepur Zarco: Q’eqchi’ women set a precedent in Guatemala with first-ever conviction for sexual and domestic slavery In 2012, Doña Mariana*, along with 14 other women, testified to having survived sexual and domestic slavery at the hands of the Guatemalan military during the internal armed conflict. With her head covered to protect her [...]

2015 Accomplishments

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This year, we witnessed incredible movements for change in Guatemala. In the face of rampant corruption, new alliances emerged across broad sectors of civil society, while massive mobilizations against impunity saw more people than ever before take to the streets in protest. As 2015 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on [...]

The Power of Presence: Reflections from 20+ years of accompaniment

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La vida es lucha. Life is struggle. For many Guatemalan human rights defenders, activists and community leaders, struggling to defend their rights is a fact of life. Those who bravely stand up against war, political violence, inequality and elite economic interests are regularly attacked, and the impacts reverberate across communities, generations and movements. Since 1981, members [...]

A historic verdict shadowed by the past

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On May 10, 2013, Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison. The conviction is the first in the world to charge an ex-head of state for genocide in the national court system of the country in which the crimes took place. This marked [...]