Guatemala Takes Baby Steps Towards Justice

Preparing for a Mayan Ceremony by Rudy A. Girón

Flyer of public hearing of retired general Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.This morning Guatemala is taking baby steps towards justice by having a historic public hearing of retired General Efraín Ríos Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The retired General Efraín Ríos Montt will be responding to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity done during his year in power between 1982-1983. This is just one more baby step to bring reconciliation and justice for the Guatemalan armed conflict which happened between 1960 and 1996 and was sparked by a coup orchestrated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état which produced over 250,000 victims, 45,0000 disappeared persons and over one million of displaced people.

You can watch it now below or at ParaQueSeConozca. Hopefully this transmission will be available later on so more people can watch it because as the flyer above reads: Only Truth and Justice are the true path to Reconciliation.

UPDATE: About 12 hours later the retired general Efraín Ríos Montt was formally charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. First baby steps had been taken.

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  • Eric

    I read about this online, this afternoon, and almost fell out of my chair.  Here’s hoping that the baby eventually learns to walk ! ;D

  • Eliza Strode

    Unfortunately the Bamaca case against Otto Perez Molina was summarily dismissed in a bizarre court session before Perez Molina was inaugurated.

    • Like I said, it’s just baby steps. Our justice systems is just too fragile yet.