Organizaciones de Sobrevivientes Denuncian Militarización, Influencia del Ejercito

En una conferencia de prensa, organizaciones de sobrevivientes del conflicto armado interno rechazaron tanto la influencia del ejercito en el gobierno de Jimmy Morales, como la militarización de la seguridad pública y la corrupción de funcionarios del Estado. Las personas recordaron al público el rol del mismo ejercito en masacres [...]

2018-09-13T19:51:41+00:00September 13th, 2018|comunicado de contraparte, Justicia|

Plaintiffs in the Military Zone 21 case appeal to the Constitutional Court, fighting to include important witness testimonies

Today, plaintiff organizations went to Guatemala’s Constitutional Court to ask that the Court include testimonies from 35 key witnesses in the Military Zone 21 case – the largest case of forced disappearance to date in Latin America’s history. The plaintiff organizations and public prosecutor claim that during the [...]

2018-02-01T20:30:08+00:00February 1st, 2018|CREOMPAZ / ZM21|

Las Dos Erres massacre case advances with a new trial

The following is a translation of an article originally featured in Spanish on the ACOGUATE blog. NISGUA is a member of ACOGUATE, a coalition of North American and European solidarity committees who provide international accompaniment to threatened Guatemalan human rights defenders. NISGUA observed the 2011 Dos Erres trial and continues [...]

2017-12-11T11:12:19+00:00December 12th, 2016|Dos Erres, Justice and accountability|

Plaintiffs in the Dos Erres trial denounces faulty media coverage in the trial against Ríos Montt

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt is currently facing charges of genocide for his role as the intellectual author of the 1982 massacre that killed more than 200 people in Las Dos Erres, Petén. While he was convicted in 2013 for genocide against the Ixil people, the sentence was [...]

2017-12-11T11:13:59+00:00December 5th, 2016|Dos Erres, Justice and accountability|

CREOMPAZ: Eight former military officers to stand trial for forced disappearances

On June 7, Judge Claudette Domínguez of Guatemala’s High-Risk Crimes Court “A” ordered eight former military officers to stand trial for crimes against humanity in one of the largest cases of forced disappearance in Latin America’s history. The legal case is built on eyewitness and expert testimonies, documentary evidence, [...]

2017-12-11T13:44:43+00:00June 21st, 2016|CREOMPAZ / ZM21, Justice and accountability|

Solidarity Update: April 2016

News recap: CREOMPAZ: Public Prosecutor presents evidence in the largest case of forced disappearance in Guatemala’s history; Closed-door genocide retrial moves to Ixil territory; Observer mission travels to Huehuetenango to document human rights violations in the context of hydroelectric projects; “Communities Rise Up” delegation builds connections across borders. This and more in this [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:06+00:00April 25th, 2016|Solidarity Update|

Benedicto Lucas García and other high-ranking military arrested on charges of crimes against humanity

"We are talking about one of the biggest cases of forced disappearance in Latin America." - Thelma Aldana, Guatemala Attorney General Major arrests were made yesterday morning related to cases of crimes against humanity and forced disappearances committed between 1981 and 1988 by former high-ranking military officers. The remains of 558 people have been [...]

2017-11-25T19:36:10+00:00January 7th, 2016|CREOMPAZ / ZM21|

Report: Making strides towards justice, chipping away at Guatemala’s wall of impunity

In 2003, members of the community of Choatalúm dared to do the unthinkable: they publicly denounced then-mayor Felipe Cusanero Coj for his responsibility as military commissioner for the forced disappearances of six family members between 1982 and 1984. Forced disappearance, a kidnapping authorized by a State that refuses to [...]

2017-12-13T21:37:53+00:00December 13th, 2010|Justice and accountability, NISGUA report|

Disappeared but Not Forgotten: A Guatemalan Community Achieves a Landmark Verdict

The following was written by Amanda Kistler, an international accompanier from 2008 - 2009 with NISGUA. She was based out of Guatemala City and accompanied the plaintiffs in the Choatalúm trial. This article originally appeared on NACLA. Original article can be found here. On August 31, a tribunal [...]