In a few days, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court will decide whether or not to give amnesty to genocidal general Rios Montt. If they do, the serious crimes that the Guatemalan army committed in 1982 and 1983, when Rios Montt was (de-facto) President of the Republic and Minister of Defense, will remain in impunity.
During 36 years of war, 200,000 people were killed, 45,000 were forcibly disappeared along with systematic sexual violence and rape against women and girls. The army has been recognized for being responsible for 93% of the total crimes committed during the conflict. 1982 was the bloodiest year.
The UN Commission for Truth (Historical Clarification Commission – CEH) attributes the government of Rios Montt of being responsible for committing acts of genocide against the indigenous Maya population.
If the Constitutional Court leaves these crimes in impunity, they will be committing a serious infraction to international law, will violate fundamental rights and question the credibility of the Guatemalan Justice System and its own democracy.