A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant seeking the extradition of a former Guatemalan soldier suspected of involvement in a brutal 1982 massacre during Guatemala’s civil war, a court official said Monday.
Army Records Spur Hopes For Justice
Inter Press Service News Agency
December 11th, 2009
Original Guatemalan army records on a scorched-earth campaign known as “Operation Sofia,” presented as evidence in a human rights case in Spain, have bolstered hopes for justice among the relatives of victims of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in which more than 200,000 people were killed.
Rights lawyers file Spanish court case on El Salvador killings
New York Times
November 13th, 2008
Nearly 20 years after the Salvadoran Army murdered six Jesuit priests in one of the most notorious incidents of the country’s civil war, a criminal complaint filed in the Spanish High Court has revived hopes that those behind the slaughter could face trial.
The Guatemala Genocide Case in Spain
U.C. Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
August 31st, 2008
CJA International Attorney Almudena Bernabeu and U.C Hastings College of the Law Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza summarize the history of the case and the historic 2008 testimony of Mayan genocide survivors in Madrid.
September 21st, 2006
As dusk approached and a light rain fell over Guatemala’s Supreme Court plaza, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchú sought to buoy the spirits of the human rights activists, local clergy and Mayan women gathered there. “The Supreme Court hasn’t given the green light on judging Ríos Montt yet,” she said of the longstanding quest to bring the former dictator to trial. “But don’t lose hope; we’ll fight the rest of our lives to see there’s full justice for the genocide in Guatemala.”