Wendy Mendez, plaintiff in the emblematic Military Diary case, will be joining the Maritimes-Breaking the Silence Network for a tour of the Maritimes provinces during the spring of 2022. This will be the first speaking tour BTS has held since the beginning of the pandemic.
Who is Wendy Mendez?
Wendy is the daughter of Luz Haydee Mendez Calderon who was forcibly disappeared by the Guatemalan Army on March 8th, 1984. Wendy is a Human Rights activist, popular educator, co-founder of HIJOS Guatemala, petitioner before the Inter-American Human Rights Court in the Military Diary Case (Gudiel Alvarez vs. Guatemala), and plaintiff in the Military Diary case in the national courts of Guatemala.
The Military Diary is a document that was stored in the Guatemalan Military Archives which details the forced disappearance, torture, and murder including details such as the date and location of their kidnapping by state security forces, of 183 people. The diary contains photos and government intelligence on individuals, including children, who were considered ‘internal enemies’ of the state during the Guatemalan Internal Armed Conflict (IAC). Many of the 183 individuals in this document remain missing to this day.
This case is emblematic of the human rights abuses and mechanisms used by the state in Guatemala during the IAC against civilians. The families bringing the face forward are seeking justice from 13 high-level military and police figures.