Last week Guatemala witnessed a landmark moment in its history when human rights investigators released publicly for the first time files from a top secret police archive discovered in 2005.

Guatemala is a traumatised nation still trying to recover from a 36 year civil war that ended in 1996. The UN estimates the conflict resulted in the deaths of 200,000 people, and around 45,000 people are still missing.

Police and government forces stand accused of war crimes but to date hardly anyone has faced trial and Guatemala's culture of impunity has left the nation virtually lawless and with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

The files could implicate high ranking police officers and politIcians in Congress and human rights activists – who are the targets of attacks and threats – hope prosecutions could follow and start to bring about closure for those seeking justice.

Please read my article on Guatemala published today by Sunday Herald.




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