Guatemala’s long road to justice


Woman from the indigenous Ixil community in the Guatemalan highlands holds a cross with the name of a family murdered in 1986 in the village of Sajsiban. On May 20, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned the historic guilty verdict of the nation’s former military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who had been convicted of committing genocide and crimes against humanity during his short reign from 1982 to 1983. In response, human rights organizations across Latin America organized actions supporting the victims of genocide and condemning legal impunity. Marta Molina of Waging Nonviolence provides a hemispheric overview.

Photo: Waging Nonviolence/CPR Urbana

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