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Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Guatemala on Thursday rejected a request to strip a member of congress of his immunity from prosecution for allegedly overseeing grave human rights violations during the country's civil war. Edgar Justino Ovalle is a top adviser to President Jimmy Morales and a member of Congress, which … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Guatemalan prosecutors arrested 17 former military and government officials on Wednesday on charges of committing massacres and other human rights abuses during the Guatemalan civil war. Government security forces have been blamed [AP report] for the vast majority of the 245,000 killings and disappearances that occurred during the conflict. The … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guatemalan judicial authorities must prevent further "obstruction of justice" in the ongoing genocide trial against the former dictator and the former chief of intelliegence, according to a statement [press release] by two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] released Thursday. José … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Wednesday held that former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt [JURIST news archive] can stand for trial for genocide and crimes against humanity but cannot be sentenced because he suffers from dementia. The court held that a special closed trial [Diario de Centro América report, in Spanish] … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Tuesday ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] to undergo competency tests to determine whether he is fit to stand trial for his alleged role in the torture, rape and murder of 1,771 indigenous people between 1982 and 1983 during Guatemala's civil war … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Monday convicted a former police official for the killings of 37 people when the Spanish Embassy burned down during the country's civil conflict in 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, a former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, was sentenced [NYT report] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was delayed on Monday. Two of the three judges on the panel accepted the defense's motion that the third judge, Judge Jeannette Valdez, should recuse herself from the trial … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday found British journalist David Bergman guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll of Bangladesh's 1971 independence war [Bangladesh News backgrounder] with Pakistan. Bergman wrote [AP report] in a 2011 blog post and two other articles that the number of those … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution denying any existence of genocide during the civil war lasting from 1960-1996. The resolution [AP report] calls for national reconciliation and states: "It is legally impossible ... that genocide could have occurred … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The genocide trial for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] will continue in January 2015, according to a Guatemalan court official. In May Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule and was sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Ecuador on Tuesday began the country's first trial for crimes against humanity. Attorney General Galo Chiriboga charged [El Comercio report, in Spanish] nine army officers and a police general with the torture, sexual violence and forced disappearance of three opponents of the government in 1985. The … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Guatemala Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday overturned the genocide conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] and ordered the trial to resume from the point that it was stopped on April 19. Earlier this month Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on Wednesday encouraged Guatemalan authorities to continue to seek the establishment of internal and transitional "truth and justice" in the wake of the trial of Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive]. Last Friday, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court on Monday ordered the government to apologize to the Ixil Maya, an indigenous people, for acts of genocide that were committed against them when former dictator Efrain Rios Montt [BBC profile; JURIST news archives] was in power. Montt was found guilty [JURIST report] on Friday of … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] was found guilty Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule. The court found that Rios Montt was responsible for commanding his military forces to kill 5.5 percent of the Ixil population, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] The Guatemalan Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday ordered Judge Jasmine Barrios to annul the case of former Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] over the genocide of Mayan Indians [Economist report]. The Constitutional Court also ordered the case sent back [Miami Herald report] … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of the Western New England School of Law says that the US must restrict aid to the Honduran government, so long as human rights abuses continue ...Honduras is plagued by the world's highest homicide rate. This has been widely reported for the past two years, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Judge Jazmin Barrios, the Guatemala judge presiding over the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] in Guatemala City, began the trial despite a prior ruling annulling the case. Judge Patricia Flores, who was recently reinstated to the case after being recused from it since February … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The genocide trial for former Guatemala president Efrain Rios Montt [Trial Watch Profile] came to a halt Thursday, potentially discarding nearly a year-and-a-half of court proceedings. According to Judge Patricia Flores, all actions taken on Rios Montt's case since she was recused in November 2011 are invalid [Reuters report]. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] lauded [press release] Guatemala on Monday for beginning the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] and former intelligence chief Jose Rodriguez Sanchez, both of whom stand accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity. The … [read more]

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