Justice and Accountability
Since the end of the internal armed conflict and the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996, Guatemalan individuals and organizations have tirelessly sought to bring to justice the people responsible for many of the conflict’s egregious human rights abuses, including forced disappearances, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
The Justice & Accountability program provides information and strategic analysis to our grassroots network and organizational partners to monitor these human rights cases. We develop in-depth analysis and distribute electronic, print, and verbal information about the political context in Guatemala, the role of the U.S. government, and the ongoing struggle to end impunity.
Today, our primary focus is the case against the former military dictators Rios Montt and his military high command, who are charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. In 2000, the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) asked NISGUA to undertake political support and accompaniment (LINK) of the witnesses in those cases, and we have continued to accompany their efforts ever since.
Other precedent setting cases we have accompanied have included the Gerardi, Myrna Mack, Xaman, Dos Erres, Plan de Sanchez, and Rio Negro cases.