Justice and Accountability2019-01-31T17:56:13+00:00

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.

Background

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.

Cases

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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 [...]

7September, 2018

“Any presumption of his innocence has crumbled. I ask the courts to find Rodríguez Sánchez guilty of genocide.” – Edgar Pérez

By |September 7th, 2018|Categories: AJR|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

"We're motivated to come here - come and listen, to see whether or not there will be justice in Guatemala." Today, the genocide retrial against former head of military intelligence José [...]

6April, 2018

The search for justice will not end with the death of Ríos Montt

By |April 6th, 2018|Categories: Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Three Ixil survivors lift up the 2013 sentence in the last day of the retrial against Ríos Montt, following his death.  Photo credit: CALDH On April 1, 2018, former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín [...]