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Justice and Accountability

Supporting survivors who seek justice for crimes committed during the Internal Armed Conflict

Our Justice & Accountability program provides important information to our grassroots network on groundbreaking human rights cases and the ongoing struggle to end impunity for crimes against humanity and genocide. We provide strategic analysis to our network, framing present-day struggles in Guatemala within a context of historic and ongoing U.S. imperialism. Through ACOGUATE we respond to survivors’ calls for physical accompaniment and advocacy support as they pursue legal cases, historical memory processes, and community healing.

Background

Since the singing of the Peace Accords in 1996, Guatemalan individuals and organizations have courageously sought justice. The U.S. government provided financial support and training to the Guatemalan military, responsible for the egregious human rights violations that occurred during 36 years of Internal Armed Conflict. According to the UN Historical Clarification Commission, over 200,000 people were killed and an additional 45,000 forcibly disappeared by state forces.

With creativity and bravery, survivors work daily to defend and restore collective memory of the genocide. They aim to guarantee that genocide is never repeated, while taking on the unfinished liberatory work of those who were taken by state violence.

Cases

Latest NISGUA reports on Justice and Accountability

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24April, 2019

Maya Achí Sexual Violence Survivors Move Forward Fight for Justice

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Interested in taking action in solidarity with Maya Achí sexual violence survivors? Hold a webinar party ...and find out more ways to support below! Guatemalan women who survived systematic sexual violence perpetrated [...]

25February, 2019

Four lessons from survivors on the Day of Dignification for Victims

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Justice and accountability|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In 1999, the UN-sponsored Commission for Historical Clarification presented its report, Guatemala: Memory of Silence, which documented the crimes the Guatemalan state had committed against its own people during the Internal Armed Conflict. Each [...]

14February, 2019

Survivors of State Terror, Organizations Reject Amnesty in Guatemala

By |February 14th, 2019|Categories: Justice and accountability, sign-on letters|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Guatemalan partner organizations, including CALDH and HIJ@S, published an open letter denouncing Guatemalan congressional attempts to pass amnesty legislation. The proposed legislation could overturn decades of work for justice, allowing those responsible for crimes against humanity [...]

20December, 2018

Struggle for Justice for Sexual Violence Continues in Military Zone 21 Case

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: CREOMPAZ / ZM21|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A survivor of sexual violence waits outside the courtroom for the Military Zone 21 case. Photo Credit: CALDH This article is about Indigenous women seeking justice for systematic sexual violence that [...]