Justice for victims of the massacre of Guatemalan Ixil communities


On 26 January 2012, proceedings were instituted in Guatemala against General Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity. In power between March 1982 and August 1983, General Ríos Montt unleased a “scorched earth” campaign attacking indigenous Ixil communities accused of supporting guerrillas; 1771 persons were executed. FIDH and its leagues in Guatemala (CALDH and CDHG) had actively mobilized against the impunity of perpetrators of this massacre. They had called for the creation of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG)) and the commencement of legal proceedings regarding the massacre during two seminars on justice in Guatemala and advocacy missions to national authorities in Brussels and Geneva.

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