First of all, I want to wish a Happy Guatemalan Mother’s Day to all the moms in my family and the world, and especially so to my very own dear mother. I love you mom!
This afternoon, my motherland was given the best gift ever; a taste of justice, and not just any justice, but justice at the highest levels one can only dream of for a country such as Guatemala. Let me explain:
Today a tiny little country in northern Central America with a fragile justice system and deficiencies when it comes to serving justice made history by becoming the first country in America to declare guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity de facto dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Also, it is the first time a former head of state had been found guilty of genocide by a court in his or her own country according to the BBC.
Here’s the overview written by my lawyer and writer friend Renata Avila for Global Voices Online:
Guatemalan de facto dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was declared guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. After organizing and fighting in courts for years, Guatemala’s Ixil Maya indigenous achieved justice… continue reading.
I won’t say more for now since I am sure you will be able to read, listen or watch this historic news through your preferred news channel. Watch, 1, 2, 3…!
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