Weaving Justice with the 36 Maya Achi Women

Day 9: Maya Achi Women Seeking Justice

Friday, January 14, 2021 Written by Este [Testimonies given on this day were graphic: describing the context, reality, and mentality of not only survivors but perpetrators of genocide.] Photo taken in Rio Negro, on [...]

In the Search for Justice,

36 Maya Achi Women from the areas surrounding Rabinal, Baja Verapaz bravely broke the silence concerning crimes of sexual violence they experienced during the Internal Armed Conflict. Supported by the Rabinal Legal Clinic (ABJPR), testimonies for this case were first collected in 2011, after evidence from a case before the Inter American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) revealed possible crimes of sexual violence.

First arrests were made in 2018, however, several ex-civil-patrollers remained fugitives from justice until 2021. In January of 2022, 5 of the original 10 men accused will stand trial in the Criminal Sentencing Court for High-Risk Proceedings “A” presided by judge Yassmin Barrios.

Consult the blog updates to the left for updates on the case.