Guatemala genocide trial suspended – take action

The historically important trial of ex-dictator of Guatemala J.E. Rios Montt (see previous post) has been suspended (not by the trial judges but by another judge).  This potentially increases risks for complainants, witnesses (including psychology colleagues) and human rights activists, and if the trial were anulled it would mean strangthened impunity in Guatemala, the region and beyond. There is a petition here  from the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, demanding the reinstatement of the proceedings – please take a look and add your support.
ALl the detail is on the excellent website for the trial  [o en castellano] and the summary dated today 25/04/13 is a good summary of the last few days’ legal proceedings.  The constitutional court is reviewing the decision to annul the trial and has ruled on some points but is still to rule on others.


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