Breaking news: First arrest for genocide in Guatemala

Via NISGUA:

FIRST ARREST FOR GENOCIDE IN GUATEMALA

Today, June 17th, General Héctor Mario López Fuentes was captured in Guatemala City, twenty-nine years after having initiated the execution of Plan Victoria 82, developed by the Army Chief of Staff and Efraín Ríos Montt’s de facto government. He is accused of having perpetrated genocide against the Maya Ixil people in the years 1982-83.

The victims and survivors of genocide have knocked on the doors of justice for more than ten years. Today the justice system has the opportunity to prosecute genocide, a crime which is an affront to the dignity of all humanity. These events fill us with hope and motivate us to continue the fight against forgetting.

We express our satisfaction at this arrest. We hope that the authorities continue to pursue the judicial process against him, and that he will be the first to be convicted of the many responsible for genocide that remain at liberty. We will continue on the path towards justice, recuperating our history and speaking the truth.

We invite you to accompany us in this process, which is historic not only for our country, but for Latin America and the world. We will show that our justice system CAN work, and has the capacity and courage to prosecute the crime of genocide.

INITIAL COURT APPEARANCE OF GENERAL HECTOR MARIO LOPEZ FUENTES ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE

DATE: MONDAY JUNE 20TH 2011
TIME: 8:30 AM
PLACE: Torre de Tribunales (Justice Tower), 15th Floor

Genocide will not remain in impunity!

Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR)
Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH)

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Human rights and solidarity activist from Cascadia, North America, writing about issues of justice and security in Guatemala and Central America from a perspective of solidarity with human rights and social movements.
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