Tag Archives: Otto Pérez Molina

GuateSec: Justice and security briefs

It has been a busy and disturbing couple of weeks in Guatemala, with a series of high-impact incidents of violence and developments in key legal cases of justice for human rights violations. GuateSec has collected relevant reports and offers preliminary … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Scrutiny of security gains and privatization initiatives

Guatemala’s security policy has come under renewed scrutiny as the country marks its first full year under Otto Pérez Molina. Though the Patriot Party administration has trumpeted the success of programs such as the militarized Task Forces installed in marginal … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Impunity, or justice for crimes of the past?

Update: As of January 15, the Guatemalan government has reportedly repealed Executive Order 370-2012, following talks with human rights institutions. The Defense Ministry in turn ordered the classification of information relating to Military structure and equipment during the Ríos Montt regime in … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Drug War militarization in Central America

With the U.S. Marines’ “Operation Hammer” in Guatemala reportedly finalized and “Operation Anvil” in Honduras in limbo, where does Central America now stand in the Drug War, and what developments are on the horizon? In “Strategies of a New Cold War,” … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Operation Hammer lifted, rumblings from Totonicapán and Tajamulco

Operation Hammer leaves Guatemala According to Guatemalan’s Prensa Libre and the U.S. military, the 200-strong Marine detachment associated with Operation Hammer has finished its counter-narcotics mission and left the country. Military press releases describe U.S. participation in “more than 250” airborne … Continue reading

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GuateSec: Militarization in retreat?

Totonicapán: Justice system moves, protest surges Nine Guatemalan military personnel were arrested last Thursday, charged with extrajudicial execution and other crimes in relation to the deaths of indigenous protesters on October 4. Preliminary investigation by the Public Ministry established individual … Continue reading

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Totonicapán rising: Guatemalan military massacres K’iche protesters

The deceased, all wounded by firearm, according to Dr. Jorge Destarac, regional head of the National Forensic Science Institute, were eight in total: Rafael Batz (Pasajoc), Santos Nicolás Menchú (Pasajoc), Jesús Baltazar Caxaj Puac (Chipuac), Francisco Ordoñez (Chipuac), José Eusebio … Continue reading

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