Justice and Accountability 2018-01-04T20:03:48+00:00

Justice and Accountability

In support of Guatemalans who seek an end to impunity and 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, the political context in Guatemala, 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 and corporate impunity. We respond to the calls of survivors to provide them with physical accompaniment and advocacy support as they push forward emblematic cases for justice.


Since the end of Guatemala’s 36-year 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, carried out with military training and the financial support of the U.S. government. According to the UN Historical Clarification Commission, over 200,000 people were killed and an additional 45,000 forcibly disappeared by state forces. Thousands more women experienced sexual violence at the hands of the military, more than 85% of whom were indigenous.

With creativity, tenacity, and courage, survivors work daily to defend and restore collective memory of what happened during the conflict. Together, their work aims to guarantee that genocide never be repeated, while taking on the unfinished liberatory work of those who were taken by state violence.

Today, more than four years after the historic verdict that convicted former U.S.-backed military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt of genocide against the Ixil people, struggles for truth, justice, and memory continue – in courtrooms and in the daily lives of survivors. The 2013 verdict came after decades of courageous determination and has opened the door for new legal victories to be won. Every day, survivors, activists, lawyers, artists, healers, and educators fight for social justice and liberation in Guatemala. Historical memory runs through their work like a thread, connecting present-day movements with centuries of resilient struggle.


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1March, 2018

One more way to fight impunity: The Molina Theissen trial opens today

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Nearly a year has passed since the March 2017 indictment of five former high-ranking officers in the Guatemalan military for crimes against humanity. They stand accused of having participated in the illegal detention, torture, [...]

9February, 2018

“We will not tire of speaking the truth” – Statement by Ixil genocide survivors as retrial hearings wrap up in Nebaj

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"Let's respect the word of the people." Original statement in Spanish below. The Ixil genocide case retrial was moved to Santa María Nebaj for this week, following plaintiffs’ request for the judges to hear [...]

9February, 2018

Ixil survivors remain committed to search for justice, as trial moves to Nebaj

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The Ixil genocide case retrial was moved to Santa María Nebaj for this week, following plaintiffs' request for the judges to hear testimony in the region against former de facto dictator Ríos Montt and [...]

1February, 2018

Plaintiffs in the Military Zone 21 case appeal to the Constitutional Court, fighting to include important witness testimonies

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Today, plaintiff organizations went to Guatemala’s Constitutional Court to ask that the Court include testimonies from 35 key witnesses in the Military Zone 21 case – the largest case of forced disappearance to [...]