Justice and Accountability
Women survivors of sexual slavery from Sepur Zarco perform a ceremony in honor of the 1-year anniversary of the historic sentence that convicted former members of the Guatemalan military, acknowledging the long fight ahead for reparations.
A Guatemalan woman performs outside of the courts during the 2013 trial against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide against the Ixil people.
450 chairs are set up in Guatemala City's central square on June 30, 2017, to honor the 45,000 people forcibly disappeared by the military during the armed conflict. Photo: CPR Urbana.
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.