Guatemala ordered to apologize for 1982 violence during civil war

Guatemala ordered to apologize for 1982 violence during civil war

[JURIST] Guatemala formally apologized on Monday for a government-ordered massacre that occurred during the country's civil war [Wikipedia backgrounder] on July 18, 1982, taking the lives of 226. Vice President Eduardo Stein made the acknowledgement in a small town north of Guatemala City, expressing remorse for the army's action that "wipe[d] out an entire community." The apology comes in response to an order last fall from the Inter-American Human Rights Court [official website] requiring an apology and payments to survivors totaling almost $8 million. The civil war did not end until 1996 with a UN-brokered peace treaty. AP has more.