Special Coverage: Guatemala Genocide Trial

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Guatemala is making history in human rights law by becoming the first country to try in a domestic court a former head of state for genocide. Representatives from the Human Rights Brief and the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic are contributing on-site reports and analysis of the trial of former Guatemalan de facto President José Efraín Ríos Montt and former Chief of Military intelligence José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez. The men face charges related to the massacres of the Ixil people in 1982 and 1983 that resulted in 1,700 deaths; 29,000 forced disappearances; and charges of torture and sexual violence. The Brief‘s coverage will explore the importance of this trial for the victims in Guatemala and the future of human rights law.