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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3January, 2018

AJR members denounce harassment at genocide retrial

By | January 3rd, 2018|Categories: AJR, Genocide Trial|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Photo credit: Jose Rodriguez After a holiday recess, the Ixil genocide case retrial will be heard again today. As Ixil witnesses come forward to once more share their experience of genocide publicly, [...]

28December, 2017

On 21st anniversary of Guatemalan Peace Accords signing, AJR says State still owes survivors justice

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: AJR, Juicio por Genocidio, Justice and accountability, Press Release, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In the midst of the ongoing genocide retrial of José Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez, the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), the Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), and the Human Rights [...]

5December, 2017

Youth add their voices to the cry for justice

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: AJR, Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Young Ixil university students stand in solidarity with genocide survivors outside of court.Photo credit: Ixil University students, Chemol txumb'al, FUNDEBASE, y AJR Friday, December 1, marked the seventh trial date since the [...]

10November, 2017

AJR ¡Presente! in ongoing genocide retrial

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: AJR, Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Today, Survivors of massacres in the 80s from Chimaltenango traveled to participate in the trial against Rodríguez Sánchez for the Ixil genocide. The AJR (Association for Justice and Reconciliation) is made up of [...]