May 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution denying any existence of genocide during the civil war lasting from 1960-1996. The resolution calls for national reconciliation and states: "It is legally impossible ... that genocide could have occurred in our ...[read more]
November 6, 2013
by Max Slater
The genocide trial for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will continue in January 2015, according to a Guatemalan court official. In May Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule and was sentenced by a three- ...[read more]
May 21, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Guatemala Constitutional Court on Tuesday overturned the genocide conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt and ordered the trial to resume from the point that it was stopped on April 19. Earlier this month Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous ...[read more]
May 16, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A group of UN experts on Wednesday encouraged Guatemalan authorities to continue to seek the establishment of internal and transitional "truth and justice" in the wake of the trial of Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Last Friday, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 years in ...[read more]
May 15, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
A Guatemalan court on Monday ordered the government to apologize to the Ixil Maya, an indigenous people, for acts of genocide that were committed against them when former dictator Efrain Rios Montt was in power. Montt was found guilty on Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 Ixil ...[read more]
May 11, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule. The court found that Rios Montt was responsible for commanding his military forces to kill 5.5 percent of the Ixil population, who were ...[read more]
April 24, 2013
by Blake Lynch
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Tuesday ordered Judge Jasmine Barrios to annul the case of former Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Rios Montt over the genocide of Mayan Indians. The Constitutional Court also ordered the case sent back to Judge Carol Patricia Flores, who now has 24 to 48 ...[read more]
April 20, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Judge Jazmin Barrios, the Guatemala judge presiding over the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt in Guatemala City, began the trial despite a prior ruling annulling the case. Judge Patricia Flores, who was recently reinstated to the case after being recused from it since February 2012, ...[read more]
April 20, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
The genocide trial for former Guatemala president Efrain Rios Montt came to a halt Thursday, potentially discarding nearly a year-and-a-half of court proceedings. According to Judge Patricia Flores, all actions taken on Rios Montt's case since she was recused in November 2011 are invalid. However... ...[read more]
March 19, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay lauded Guatemala on Monday for beginning the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt and former intelligence chief Jose Rodriguez Sanchez, both of whom stand accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity. The charges relate back to ...[read more]

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