"It is still easy, as it has been for most of the last half-century, to see Guatemala as a dark place with no exit. The deep inequality that has plagued the country since the days of conquest continues. So does the culture of violence that has enveloped Guatemala since the 1954 coup. Yet the opening of the police archive, Ríos Montt's conviction, and the commemoration of Árbenz can be seen as a historical sequence, testifying to the resilience of a devastated society and offering glimmers of hope that were all but unimaginable just a few years ago." (Stephen Kinzer)
Rights Action is honored to fund and work with many courageous people and organizations in Honduras and Guatemala, while focusing critical attention on how we, in the U.S. and Canada, are often part of the problem.
- NYT article: "Trial On Guatemalan Civil War Carnage Leaves Out U.S. Role"
- Commentary: "Follow Guatemala's Lead: Convene A Genocide Case Grand Jury"
- NYT article: "Victory In Guatemala? Not Yet"
At 6:45pm, May 10, 2013, Guatemalan general Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty in a Guatemalan court of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in jail.
Alberto Rotondo, executive of Tahoe Mine, San Rafael in Guatemala , gave direct orders to assassinate members of the community San Rafael Las Flores. The investigation of the mining conflicts in San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa , took a 180 degrees turn, after the Public Ministry submitted audio from wiretapping as evidence. In the audio it can be clearly heard how Alberto Rotondo, head of the San Rafael Mining Security outfit, ordered to assassinate opponents of the mine.
A comprehensive article, by Annie Bird, about the intersection between “development” projects funded by the World Bank, and repression carried out by U.S.-supported regimes - and directly by U.S. military involvement - in Guatemala and Honduras.
Article “GENOCIDE NEVER AGAIN: General Rios Montt On Trial And The Abduction Of Xinca Leaders In Santa Maria Xalapan”, by Annie Bird
Article “THE GUATEMALA ‘IXIL GENOCIDE TRIAL’: The Case Against Efraín Rios Montt Tests The Independence Of The Judiciary And Pushes Guatemala’s Military Political Project To The Limit”, by Annie Bird
“Genocidist, Genocidist, Genocidist, …” chanted some 2000 people in the Teatro Nacional in Guatemala City, on the evening of April 18, drowning out a pre-film speech by the Minister of Culture and Sports. The people had come to watch the world premiere of the documentary film “Gold Fever” at the fourth annual film festival Memoria, Verdad, Justicia.
MORE REPRESSION EXPECTED AT ANOTHER GOLDCORP–LINKED MINE IN GUATEMALA