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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.


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.


Latest NISGUA reports on Justice and Accountability

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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 [...]

10October, 2018

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

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: AJR|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]