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In Guatemala, the High Risk Court ruled in January this year that 5 former paramilitaries were guilty of rape, domestic slavery and sexual abuse against indigenous women from the Mayan Achi during the civil war. We explore with Marlies Stappers and Brisna Caxaj from Impunity Watch how the women pushed for justice for eleven years, despite deep seated racism and misogyny. Here’s some background.
We also mention the trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and his chief of military intelligence officer, on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide. More background here at the great IJ Monitor archive. And the Sepur Zarco 2016 trial which paved the way for this result, in recognising wartime sexual violence and sexual and domestic slavery as crimes against humanity. Brisna wrote this for Justice Info at the time.
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