Justice for Guatemala’s Disappeared?

On Saturday, The Washington Post published an article highlighting the opening of Guatemala’s police archives. The archives — which contain documentation of Guatemala’s internal armed conflict that killed approximately 200,000 people – could provide long awaited justice to families who never got answers about disappearances and murders of their loved ones.

The article continues with a comment from Amnesty International: “I don’t think anyone truly believed this day would come,” said Barbara Bocek, the Guatemala country specialist for Amnesty International USA. “It’s an incredible achievement, especially for Guatemala. In other countries these records would be buried underground, shredded, destroyed.”

However, AI has expressed concern about intimidation of the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office, the agency credited with discovering the warehouse of documents: “The wife of the Director of the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office was kidnapped on Wednesday and tortured. One official was beaten up, whilst a number of threats have been made against other officials of the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office. These include a bomb threat and a threat against the life of the Director of the Office. ”

WIth such an incredible opportunity in Guatemala comes the familiar forces of intimidation and secrecy. Do you think the opening of Guatemala’s police archives will bring long awaited justice to the families of the disappeared?

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5 thoughts on “Justice for Guatemala’s Disappeared?

  1. Asi es. Ha llegado el momento de poner presion al gobierno de alvaro Colom para que saque a la luz publica el documento militar "Plan Sofia" Yo soy de santa Cruz Barillas a 185 kms de Huehuetenango. vivi la guerra civil en carne propia. Tengo testimonios de sobrevivientes que no hablan espanol solo Kanjob'al que viven en barillas, en chiapas y en EE.UU. sobre los masacres que el ejercito cometio en Huehuetenango y que pueden esclarecerse en la publicacion de dicho documento. Me alegra leer y visitar su sitio. Me encantaria poder ser un colaborador de estos temas del conflicto rmado en guatemala. Actualmente vivo en Detroit MI. quedamos en contacto. Att. Francisco Juan/ pancholon

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