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Genocide trial in Guatemala begins with dramatic testimony.

The trial of Guatemala's former dictator General Ephraim Rios Montt began last week with dramatic testimony. Please read this report from Carrie Khan.…

For updates on the trial please see links below provided by Victoria Sandfod of City University, New York, -

Dear Friends,

The historic Rios Montt genocide trial began on Tuesday, March 19 in Guatemala City despite every move you can imagine (including defense lawyers abandoning Rios Montt) to try to delay the trial.


I am sending you links to an op-ed I wrote entitled "El genocidio no es una confrontacion armado" for El Faro which has just been published by Plaza Publica in Guatemala. Below these links are some others that may be of interest to you about the trial.

For ongoing trial summaries, commentary and analysis, see a new Website launched by the Open Society Justice Initiative in partnership with the National Security Archive, the International Center for Transitional Justice, CEJIL and the Guatemalan on-line news site Plaza Pública:

Many thanks,



Victoria Sanford, PHD


Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies

Professor of Anthropology

Lehman College & the Graduate Center

City University of New York


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963


Thanks for your time,

Billy Briggs.


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