More on Guatemala

April 5, 2013

An excellent post at the NYRblog by human-rights leader Aryeh Neier about the unprecedented prosecution of Guatemala’s former head of state:

…the prosecution of General Efraín Ríos Montt in Guatemala, now eighty-six years old, stands out in at least one respect. For the first time, a former head of state is being tried for genocide in the courts of his own country.

However it turns out, the case is sure to have a profound impact in Guatemala, and perhaps elsewhere. A court hearing in which members of a persecuted indigenous community testify about such matters against a former head of state is, in itself, a remarkable development.

Read the whole text here.