Justice and Accountability2018-08-22T19:34:26+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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20December, 2018

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

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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 [...]

10October, 2018

NISGUA Event: Learning from Survivors – A Talk with Edwin Canil

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Following the recent ruling in the Ixil genocide case late last month, NISGUA invited its base to reflect on the significance of the decision for members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) [...]

28September, 2018

5 takeaways from the recent genocide trial verdict

By |September 28th, 2018|Categories: AJR, Genocide Trial|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We will use this genocide verdict to leave a good tree planted, with strong roots -- the fruits of which will be enjoyed by our children. - Edwin Canil, President of the Association for [...]

21September, 2018

New NISGUA report: 18 years seeking justice in the courts

By |September 21st, 2018|Categories: AJR, Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Next week, a verdict is expected in the retrial of José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, former head of military intelligence under General José Efraín Ríos Montt’s 1982-1983 dictatorship in Guatemala. Rodríguez Sánchez faces charges of [...]