Rabinal Legal Clinic Psychologist Speaks about Day for Dignity of Internal Armed Conflict Victims

March for the National Day for the Dignity of the Victims of the Internal Armed Conflict, Photo credit: EFE Yesterday, Guatemala celebrated the 25th National Day for the Dignity of the Victims of the Internal Armed Conflict. Survivors from across the country marched through Guatemala City to honour [...]

2024-02-29T10:56:09-04:00February 26th, 2024|Truth, justice & impunity|

Day 6 & 7 of the Rancho Bejuco Trial: Presentation of witnesses for the defence

The day started with Maya Kaqchikel researcher Aura Cumes' presentation of her expert report on Harassment, Persecution and Displacement in Xesiguan, Rabinal. The report examined the Achi people’s experience of Guatemalan military control during the Internal Armed Conflict. Cumes found that the army used the Achi people themselves against their [...]

2024-04-15T09:43:00-04:00June 29th, 2023|Truth, justice & impunity|

Day 5: Rancho Bejuco Trial – Testimonies Speak to Genocidal Violence, Role of Parallel Forces

The court buildings where hearings are taking place. Photo credit: Lenora June 15, 2023 Written by Lenora A Pattern of Genocidal Violence Four witnesses shared recorded testimonies today. While the sound was not very good and it is preferable to have the witness present, it was crucial to [...]

Day 4: Rancho Bejuco Trial – Survivors Continue to Share Painful Testimony

June 14, 2023 Written by Lenora [Content warning: Survivor testimony contains graphic and disturbing descriptions of the aftermath of the massacre.] Three more witnesses from Rabinal gave testimonies today. Three Witnesses Remember the Family Members They Lost, Demand Justice The first witness, Paulina Alvarado Ixpatá, is one of the 36 [...]

2024-04-15T09:43:48-04:00June 16th, 2023|Truth, justice & impunity|

Day 3: Rancho Bejuco Trial – Survivors, Expert Witnesses Speak

June 13, 2023 Written by Lenora [Content warning: Survivor testimony contains graphic descriptions of the aftermath of the massacre.] Today witnesses for the prosecution continued to provide testimony in the Rancho Bejuco case. As a reminder, 11 men stand accused in the Rancho Bejuco massacre. On July 29, 1982, 10 [...]

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