AJR reject with total indignation the law initiative 6099

THE ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION -AJR- TO THE PUBLIC OPINION COMMUNICATES: The victims and survivors of the Internal Armed Conflict (IAC)  organized in the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) reject with total indignation the law initiative 6099, because it favors the military personnel responsible for committing grave [...]

2023-10-02T23:29:37+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Justice and accountability, Justicia|

Statement: AJR and ODHAG denounce attempts to seek house arrest for military accused of crimes against humanity

On Friday, July 28th, 2023, a hearing to review the substitutive measures for Benedicto Lucas García, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity in the Lucas García Ixil genocide case was held. The plaintiff organizations denounced this new attempt to hinder access to justice for victims and survivors. Although [...]

2023-08-03T23:45:45+00:00August 3rd, 2023|Justice and accountability|

Statement: De Facto Amnesty

On June 9, Guatemala’s justice system granted substitute measures and house arrest to former high-rank military officials Benedicto Lucas García, Manuel Callejas y Callejas, and Francisco Luis Gordillo Martínez, who were sentenced in 2018 for their participation in the illegal detention, torture, and sexual assault of Emma Guadalupe Molina [...]

2023-06-15T03:00:27+00:00June 15th, 2023|Justice and accountability|

Statement: Tailor-made Judgements: A Constitutional Court that Pretends to Grant de facto Amnesty

International and national organizations warned about a new attempt by the Constitutional Court (CC) to maintain impunity for the crimes committed in the Molina Theissen Case. The CC’s decision orders that a new resolution be issued, which may favor house arrest for the former military officials, Francisco Luis Gordillo [...]

2023-03-27T21:22:30+00:00March 27th, 2023|Justice and accountability|

First reflections: The makings of solidarity

Maisie (They/them/elle) current NISGUA Internacionalista, writes their reflections on accompaniment and solidarity. Enjoy the reading and the educational materials! Dear community, I have been in Guatemala for over two months now. I will admit that the beginning was hard - I missed you all. I missed our conversations, our [...]

2023-01-11T23:28:39+00:00January 9th, 2023|Accompanier Perspectives|

Fotografías en Solidaridad con las Víctimas del caso Diario Militar / Photographs in Solidarity with the Victims of the Military Diary Case

(English below)  Acción solidaria  con las familias y querellantes del caso Diario Militar  Como NISGUA organizamos esta campaña de fotos esperando que esta muestra internacional de solidaridad sea un aporte más a la visibilidad de la lucha que por décadas los familiares y sobrevivientes han llevado a cabo. Lamentablemente, [...]

2022-12-12T18:38:51+00:00December 12th, 2022|Justice and accountability, Justicia|

Interview: Women in the Military Diary Case

Last September, we held a webinar together with the Association of Family Members of the Detained and Disappeared of Guatemala (FAMDEGUA) with the objective of hearing updates directly from the families and lawyers of the Military Diary case and discussing some of the gender-differentiated impacts for women. FAMDEGUA was [...]

2023-01-26T22:41:49+00:00December 12th, 2022|Justice and accountability|

Ixil Genocide Case – Lucas Garcia

During the time of the military government of Romeo Lucas García (1978-1982), the Guatemalan state and army designed and implemented its policy of genocide. While Romero Lucas García was in power, more than 1,700 people were victims of the crimes of genocide, forced disappearance and crimes against humanity by [...]

2024-05-08T17:28:05+00:00July 1st, 2022|Justice and accountability|

June Solidarity Update / Actualización solidaria de Junio

[español abajo] Building the World We Want Dear community, this month we share with you our reflections about the People’s summit celebrated in Los Angeles, updates on the Military Diary Case and the criminalization of the judge who ruled the opening of the trial, a video- report from the [...]

February Solidarity Update 2022

Luis Enrique Mendoza García, former high-ranking military officer, will face trial for genocide and crimes against humanity while attacks to judicial independence continue;  a call for mutual respect and transparency on the pre-consultations of the mining project in Xinca territory Flyer announcing the opening of the trial. [...]

Luis Enrique Mendoza García, former high-ranking military officer, will face trial for genocide and crimes against humanity

From February 1 to February 15, the intermediate phase of the Ixil Genocide case against the retired military officer Luis Enrique Mendoza García took place. Mendoza García was Chief of Military Operations  (G3) under the Ríos Montt dictatorship between 1982 and 1983. After verifying that there was reasonable doubt [...]

2022-03-12T00:13:56+00:00February 28th, 2022|Justice and accountability|

July Solidarity Update 2021 / Boletín Solidario de Julio

On July 22nd, Rubén’s life partner, feminist leader Alba Cecilia, launched Rubén’s second book, ¿Cómo olvidar a las memorias olvidadas? or How to forget the forgotten memories? You can watch the livestream of the launch in Spanish at www.facebok.com/MadreSelvaColectivo. [Español abajo] Dear NISGUA community, In moments of grief, as in [...]

March 2021 Solidarity Update: Day of Dignification of the Victims of the IAC, International Day of Water, and become a sustaining donor!

During the February 25 commemoration, social organizations placed a poster with national symbols, covered by pictures of the disappeared and victims of the Internal Armed Conflict, outside the Congress. Photo credit: Edith López Ovalle Dear friends and comrades: We are already walking [...]

#LaPazEsNuestroDerecho / #PeaceIsOurRight

Since Giammattei announced a series of decrees closing several institutions created to comply with the Peace Accords signed by the Guatemalan State in 1996, we have been echoing the demands of our Guatemalan partners and uplifting their actions and statements. We also express our concerns on this grave setback [...]

2021-01-22T20:54:00+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Justice and accountability|

The Fugitives of CREOMPAZ

This article was originally written by Carlos Juarez for gAZeta magazine on January 2020. You can read the article on Spanish here. Since the publication of this article no further arrest has been made. On the contrary, several defendants have requested their release from preventive detention,  claiming that due [...]

2020-09-17T14:41:55+00:00September 17th, 2020|Justice and accountability|

Statement: During the Coronavirus emergency military condemned intend to get out of jail

As several grave war crimes cases have been temporarily suspended, the lawyer of five senior military officials convicted in the Molina Theissen case (including Benedicto Lucas García and Manuel Callejas y Callejas) made another attempt to release convicted war criminals, this time using the pandemic as an excuse. Survivors [...]

2020-04-28T18:41:03+00:00April 28th, 2020|Justice and accountability|

CREOMPAZ case plaintiffs send an open letter to Judge Claudette Dominguez

On October 2, the First High Risk Appellate Court announced their decision to maintain Judge Claudette Domínguez in the CREOMPAZ case, despite the plaintiffs' lawyers' arguments that Judge Domínguez may have direct or indirect interest in the outcome of the case. Domínguez’ sister is an active-duty military physician and [...]

2019-10-17T22:34:13+00:00October 8th, 2019|Justice and accountability|

Survivors of State Terror, Organizations Reject Amnesty in Guatemala

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 to walk free. The letter rejects these latest attempts to legislate impunity, at the expense [...]

2019-12-25T00:43:43+00:00February 14th, 2019|Justice and accountability|
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