One year ago, women survivors from Sepur Zarco and the legal, advocacy, and psychosocial organizations that accompanied them, made history when they successfully prosecuted former members of the Guatemalan military for crimes against humanity in the form of sexual violence and sexual and domestic slavery.
Today, on International Women’s Day, we invite you to read our latest report on the status of the case of Sepur Zarco and the ongoing struggle for dignified reparations.
The 20-day trial focused on the women’s experiences being held as domestic and sexual slaves at a military recreation center in the 1980s in eastern Guatemala. Their firsthand accounts were complimented by expert testimonies on Guatemalan history, structural racism, gender violence, and the specific ways that patriarchy plays out on women’s bodies in the context of war.
“When I became strong enough to be able to say what I had to say, I told the whole truth. That was what gave me strength…The moment came that we had been waiting for, for so long – to see justice”. — Rosa Tiul, survivor and witness
Below: Plaza Pública interviews Rosa Tiul on her experiences as a survivor and witness during the trial and the ways she has been received in her community since. Credits: Filmed and edited by Plaza Pública. Translated into English by NISGUA.