Worldwide action for the one-year anniversary of the genocide sentence

“We must raise awareness [so] that these kinds of events are never repeated, because the people of Guatemala want to live in peace, acknowledging our identity, our rich multicultural, multilingual [heritage] and the respect for the freedom of expression of our ideas.”  -Genocide sentence (page 89 in English translation) [...]

2019-12-27T17:56:46+00:00May 5th, 2014|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court set to hear arguments regarding fate of genocide trial

This morning, the Constitutional Court (CC), Guatemala’s highest court, will hear arguments regarding the April 2013 decision by Judge Carol Patricia Flores to set the genocide case back to a pre-trial phase. The mid-trial ruling cited technical errors in the judicial process and stated that the case should return [...]

2019-12-27T17:56:59+00:00March 26th, 2014|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide retrial set for January 2015; national courts debate possibility of amnesty

On November 5, almost six months since the highly contested decision by Guatemala's Constitutional Court (CC) to annul the genocide sentence, Guatemalan courts announced a date for the retrial of former General Ríos Montt. Guatemala's High Risks Court “B” affirmed that it has the jurisdiction to hear the case but said [...]

2019-12-27T17:57:22+00:00December 12th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

NISGUA receives 2013 Global Justice and Peace Award

On Saturday, November 16, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) presented NISGUA with their annual Global Justice and Peace Award. DJPC, a longtime supporter of NISGUA’s Guatemala Accompaniment Project, recognized NISGUA's organizational achievements and commitment to justice. We were honored to have AJR President Anselmo Roldán join us [...]

2019-12-27T18:14:24+00:00December 1st, 2013|Political Education, Tour|

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits Laramie, Denver and the Bay Area

The "Justice for genocide: A survivor's story" fall speaking tour left Wisconsin on November 13 to embark on the final stops of the tour: Laramie, WY; Denver, CO; and the Bay Area, CA. The Wyoming Guatemala Accompaniment Project (WYGap) welcomed tour speaker, Association for Justice and Reconciliation President Anselmo [...]

2019-12-27T17:57:34+00:00December 1st, 2013|Justice and accountability, Tour|

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” visits the Midwest

“We are here in the United States asking for your solidarity. Borders divide us, but justice is a fundamental pillar of democracy” -Anselmo Roldán to the international community From November 7-11, NISGUA visited six Midwestern cities with Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) president Anselmo Roldán.  The Midwest leg [...]

2017-12-08T21:38:22+00:00November 18th, 2013|Justice and accountability, Tour|

Survivors submit complaint against Guatemalan state for denial of justice in genocide case

Genocide survivors submit a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington DC on November 6, 2013. Photo: AJR INTERNATIONAL COMPLAINT AGAINST THE GUATEMALAN STATE FOR DENIAL OF JUSTICE IN THE GENOCIDE CASE Washington D.C., November 6, 2013 - Today, survivors of the Guatemalan genocide, along with [...]

2019-12-27T17:57:52+00:00November 7th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

“Justice for genocide: A survivor’s story” DC & Tucson tour stops

On October 30, NISGUA began our tour with Association for Justice and Reconciliation president, Anselmo Roldán Aguilar. After a day of meeting with key state and congressional representatives, Anselmo gave his first presentation at the Unitarian Unitarian Church of Arlington. The event, hosted by Partners for Arlington and Guatemala, [...]

2019-12-27T17:58:03+00:00November 5th, 2013|Justice and accountability, Tour|

“No Impunity! No Amnesty!”: Organizations react to news of CC ruling

Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre splashed "CC brings José Efraín Ríos Montt closer to amnesty" across its front page headlines, with the corresponding article publishing excerpts of a leaked ruling issued by the Constitutional Court. Plaintiffs and lawyers still have not received notification of the decision at the time of [...]

2019-12-27T18:28:12+00:00October 23rd, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

International community calls for Rubén Herrera’s immediate release

More than one year after President Molina declared a state of siege in Santa Cruz de Barillas, repression continues against community leaders resisting the Cambalam hydroelectric project, operated by Spanish owned Hidro Santa Cruz. Violence and criminalization against leaders defending territory and the right to self determination has been [...]

2019-12-27T18:21:39+00:00May 23rd, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Huehuetenango|

AJR Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The Association for Justice and Reconciliation addressed the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City today. We are honored to provide the exclusive English translation of the declaration. Read the Spanish version here.  Association for Justice and Reconciliation Declaration to the United Nations Permanent Forum [...]

2019-12-27T17:59:32+00:00May 22nd, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide trial sentence overturned; CALDH press conference called sentence, “An opportunity for peace”

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court emitted a resolution late Monday evening to annul the genocide trial verdict and revert proceedings back to April 19. Judge Barrios of the First Court for High Risk Crimes "A" has 24 hours after being notified of the resolution this morning to comply with the [...]

2019-12-27T18:30:18+00:00May 21st, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 24/25: Defense incensed and exposed, Judge moves to concluding arguments

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, 2, 3, 4/5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11-14, 12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18, 19, 20-1, 20-2, 21, Constitutional Court decisions, trial [...]

2019-12-27T18:01:13+00:00May 9th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 23: Proceedings continue, trial will reconvene on May 7

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Ríos Montt and José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, 2, 3, 4/5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11-14, 12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18, 19, 20-1, 20-2, 21, Constitutional Court decisions, trial [...]

2019-12-27T18:01:25+00:00May 3rd, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 19: Defense delays resting their case; Statements outside courtroom multiply

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 12, Days 13/14, Days 15/16, Days 17/18 and full archive [...]

2019-12-27T18:03:12+00:00April 18th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Days 17 & 18: AJR Responds to Efforts to Delegitimize the Trial

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 12, Days 13/14, Days 15/16 and full archive of ongoing live [...]

2019-12-27T18:03:24+00:00April 17th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Days 15 & 16: Experts testify, “The Ixil social fabric was destroyed in the attack against their culture”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 12, Days 13/14 and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.The [...]

2019-12-27T18:03:35+00:00April 15th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Days 13 & 14: Defense experts testify, “There was never intention to commit genocide”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Ríos Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 12, Days 11-14, and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.On [...]

2019-12-27T18:03:45+00:00April 12th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 12: Beatriz Manz, author of “Paradise in Ashes”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity.Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10 and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.Here we share the rush transcript of Beatriz Manz's testimony [...]

2019-12-27T18:04:09+00:00April 9th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Exclusive Interview with the AJR: “It is our right to demand justice and reveal the truth”

Before the start of the genocide trial in Guatemala, the international human rights accompaniment project ACOGUATE met with Benjamin Jerónimo, president and legal representative of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) to hear his opinion on the advancement of the case. The AJR is a plaintiff in the trial [...]

2019-12-27T18:04:26+00:00April 8th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 10: Expert witnesses testify, “Racism facilitated the extermination of the Ixil…”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9 and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.Former Guatemalan soldier Ramiro Leonard Reyes gives [...]

2019-12-27T18:04:36+00:00April 6th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 9: “We were the first ones to fall…”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. See our archive of live Twitter updates at @NISGUA_Guate.Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8 and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.Testimony by Ixil survivors [...]

2019-12-27T18:04:46+00:00April 4th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 8: Women survivors of sexual violence, “Your truth is our truth”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. See our archive of live Twitter updates at @NISGUA_Guate. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6, Day 7 and full archive [...]

2019-12-27T18:04:56+00:00April 3rd, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 7: “I am telling this to the eyes and ears of the world”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide and crimes against humanity. See our archive of live Twitter updates at @NISGUA_Guate. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5, Day 6 and full archive of ongoing live [...]

2019-12-27T18:05:08+00:00April 1st, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Day 6: “What I came here to share, I felt it in the living flesh, in my bones.”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide crimes against humanity. See our archive of live Twitter updates at @NISGUA_Guate. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4/5 and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.The first [...]

2019-12-27T18:05:20+00:00March 27th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial, Days 4 & 5: “This is how my heart feels, thank you for asking me.”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide crimes against humanity. See our archive of live Twitter updates at @NISGUA_Guate. Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.Witness testifies, with aid [...]

2019-12-27T18:05:30+00:00March 25th, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Juan Raymundo Maton: “…they destroyed everything, not just our crops but our culture.”

NISGUA continues live coverage of the trial in Guatemala of Efraín Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sánchez for genocide crimes against humanity. See our archive of live Twitter updates at @NISGUA_Guate. Our live updates were interrupted today as witness Juan Raymundo Maton completed his moving testimony. We offer here a rush [...]

2019-12-27T18:05:40+00:00March 22nd, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial in Guatemala, Day 3: “…justice for everything we lived through.”

Read our previous summaries: Day 1, Day 2, and full archive of ongoing live Twitter coverage.Survivor testimony continued on the third day of former dictator Efraín Rios Montt and intelligence chief Rodriguez Sánchez's trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. Hours of intense first-person accounts of violence and endurance left impressions of [...]

2019-12-27T18:05:51+00:00March 22nd, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|

Genocide on Trial in Guatemala, Day 2: Ixil Voices in the Halls of Justice

Read our coverage on the first day of the trial. The second day of proceedings in the Guatemala genocide case trial opened with unresolved tensions around accused former general Efraín Ríos Montt's legal representation. He started the day once again without any of his previously designated lawyers. Francisco Palomo, who [...]

2019-12-27T18:06:08+00:00March 21st, 2013|Genocide Trial, Justice and accountability|