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.
Closing arguments were made today (May 9, 2013) in the genocide trial against retired Generals Rios Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez in Guatemala City. The prosecution has asked for a 75 year prison sentence for the two generals. A decision is pending.
- Associated Press: “ GUATEMALA WAR TRIAL PUTS PAST CLOSER TO PRESIDENT”
- Reuters: “WITNESS AT EX-DICTATOR'S TRIAL LINKS GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT TO WAR CRIMES”
MORE REPRESSION EXPECTED AT ANOTHER GOLDCORP–LINKED MINE IN GUATEMALA
GOLDCORP INC. AND TAHOE RESOURCES INC. MINING INTERESTS IN GUATEMALA LINKED TO THE ILLEGAL KIDNAPPING OF FOUR INDIGENOUS LEADERS, AND THE BRUTAL ASSASSINATION OF ONE
- Article: NEW DOCUMENTS SHOW REAGAN GAVE GO-AHEAD TO MAYAN GENOCIDE
- Article: GENOCIDE ON TRIAL IN GUATEMALA, SETTING MODEL FOR REGION
- GHRC: international accompaniers wanted
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Two articles about the amazing "exhumation process" in Guatemala, that began in 1992! Since 1994, Rights Action has been honoured to fund and otherwise support the exhumation ofmass graves, the re-burial of loved ones, the building of commemorative monuments, and work for individual and collective justice.
In this newsletter, we set out a summary of organizations, projects and struggles that Rights Action has funded, to date, in 2012. These are your funds at work. With your help, we are supporting courageous people in Guatemala and Honduras, and their efforts to protect the environment, to defend human rights and justice, and to build real democracy from the grassroots level up.
In the late 1990s, early 2000s, global (mainly Canadian) mining companies received mining concessions from Guatemalan governments when the most powerful politician in Guatemala was former General Rios Montt, now on house arrest for being one of the intellectual authors of Guatemala's genocide and State repression against its own population in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s.
We send you this sad update about work we are involved with in Guatemala. Please consider donating 'humanitarian relief' funds for the needs of Yolanda Oqueli, and for the other people and communities mentioned in this article.