“Eternal life to our loved ones” – Interviews with the AJR after Rios Montt Hearing

Versión en español An initial court hearing for former General Efraín Ríos Montt, accused of genocide, took place after ten years of work by the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR). The day after the hearing, ACOGUATE interviewed members of the AJR, accompanied by ACOGUATE since 2001.What do you all [...]

2020-01-01T21:09:12+00:00March 6th, 2012|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

“Our Struggle Has Become Reality”: Former Dictator Rios Montt is Charged with Genocide

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 am, hundreds of community activists and human rights defenders gather outside Guatemala City’s national court to witness former dictator Efraín Rios Montt testify on the gross military atrocities and human rights violations that occurred during his de-facto presidency from 1982 to 1983.   In solidarity, thousands more [...]

2020-01-01T21:09:19+00:00February 3rd, 2012|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

The General on trial

A personal reflection by Phil Neff, Guatemala Accompaniment Project Coordinator for NISGUAA cold evening fog had fallen over the Plaza of Human Rights outside Guatemala City's Court Tower, where two hundred survivors of massacres perpetrated by the Guatemalan Army waited, exhausted and anxious, for Judge Patricia Flores to deliver the [...]

2020-01-01T21:09:26+00:00February 2nd, 2012|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Former General Otto Pérez Molina’s First Days in Office

On January 14, former General Otto Pérez Molina assumed office as the next president of Guatemala, promising change.  Pérez Molina has sworn that his administration will produce results within 6 months by implementing new iron-fist measures to curb soaring violence and organized crime. Pérez Molina's administration's first acts include removing [...]

2020-01-01T21:09:45+00:00January 25th, 2012|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Military high command and former president arrested for Guatemalan genocide: Trials expected to open in 2012

Ten years have passed since genocide survivors filed cases against General Efraín Ríos Montt and members of his military high command. As a result of this investigation, in 2011, three former military officials—including a former president—have been arrested, andanother has been declared fugitive from justice. On October 12, 2011, arrest [...]

2019-12-27T19:31:40+00:00November 15th, 2011|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

New genocide charges brought against military high command

José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, former Director of Military Intelligence under the de facto government of Efraín Rios Montt, has become the second person to be formally charged with genocide after he was arrested on October 12, 2011.Rodríguez Sánchez is accused as an intellectual author of military counter-insurgency campaigns between 1982 [...]

2019-12-27T19:32:47+00:00October 15th, 2011|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Hearing suspended pending verification of health of Héctor Mario López Fuentes

Julia Cortéz, legal representative of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR).  The AJR and the Center for Legal Human Rights Action (CALDH) are the plaintiffs in the legal case against the retired general Héctor Mario López Fuentes, accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and forced disappearance.Graham HuntFirst suspended on [...]

2019-12-27T19:33:22+00:00October 4th, 2011|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide trial suspended

Francisco Soto of the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) and representatives of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) inform of the suspension in a press conference.Graham HuntThe highly anticipated genocide trial for General López Fuentes, scheduled to open today, has been suspended.Please sign our online petition and [...]

2019-12-27T19:34:33+00:00September 22nd, 2011|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Acusación por genocidio: Comunicado de AJR y CALDH | Accusation for genocide: statement by AJR and CALDH

[English below]Caminando hacia la justiciaLa sociedad guatemalteca hoy es testiga de un hecho histórico, por primera vez en nuestro país, el Ministerio Público presenta una acusación por el delito de genocidio contra un general retirado del ejército.  Este paso hacia la justicia es de suma importancia para las miles de [...]

An historic opportunity for justice in Guatemala

After the arrest and capture of retired general Héctor López Fuentes on Friday, proceedings yesterday officially indicted former Army Chief of Staff for the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and forced disappearance.  Representatives of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), an organization of survivors of genocide, joined their [...]

2020-01-01T21:04:55+00:00June 21st, 2011|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|