2013-03-19. Genocide Trial begins in Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
March 19, 2013.
Images from the first day of the historic trial against former de facto dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and former Intelligence Director José Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez. Ríos Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez are charged with Genocide and crimes against humanity during the civil war in Guatemala (1960-1996) against the Ixil Mayan people.
Julia Cortez, former president of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) – plaintiff organization in the Genocide case, takes a photo with her cell phone. Ms. Cortez declared: “We feel a sense of dignity for our lost loved ones, as we were unfairly called guerrillas. But today justice will be applied against this general who committed massacres in our communities.”
Versión en español aquí.