Ríos Mott to be tried for genocide in Guatemala
Late in happening but a huge step forward in the region. From Human Rights Watch
A Guatemalan judge’s decision to try the former de facto head of state, Efraín Ríos Montt, for genocide and crimes against humanity is a major step forward for accountability in Guatemala, Human Rights Watch said today.
Another site with more information is NISGUA.
Today Guatemalan society is witness to an historic event, for the first time in our country, a judge has ordered the opening of a trial for the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity. Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez ordered the opening of the public oral debate that allows the court to hear the respective evidence in this groundbreaking case. This step toward justice is of utmost importance for thousands of survivors of genocide in Guatemala.
Finally, for anyone who missed the external influences in what happened in the 1980s in Guatemala, Consortium News brings up Ronald Reagan.
However, while Guatemala, though beset by many serious problems including widespread poverty, takes politically difficult steps to impose some accountability on these war criminals, the U.S. politician most associated with Ríos Montt and his genocide, remains the subject of endless adoration.