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Guatemalan advocate for the ‘disappeared’ is one of Time’s 100 most influential people

In 1992 Aura Elena Farfán founded Famdegua, a Guatemalan organization that supports families in their search for loved ones who were killed or disappeared during the country's brutal civil war. She's still active.

Guatemala high court paves way for new genocide trial against ex-dictator Ríos Montt

Constitutional Court Secretary Martín Guzmán announced in a press conference that justices of the country's highest court had agreed with a constitutional appeal filed by the Prosecutor's Office against a previous ruling by a lower court judge. A new trial could begin on Jan. 5.

Guatemala’s former Vice President Eduardo Stein bids for top job at troubled OAS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Guatemala’s Eduardo Stein Barillas vowed to “clean up the mess” at the Organization of American States if he’s elected secretary-general of the politically divided, cash-strapped regional body.

Guatemalan ex-police officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand trial

Ex-officers Julio David López, José Miguel González Grijalva and Alberto Barrios Rabanales will face charges that include conspiracy to commit murder for the assassination of criminal investigator Miguel Mérida in 1991.

Former Guatemalan police chief to stand trial for 1980 Spanish Embassy fire that killed 37

Former police official Pedro García Arredondo will stand trial for allegedly ordering one of the biggest atrocities committed during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.

Guatemalans bury victims of 1982 civil war massacre

NEBAJ, Guatemala – Weeping and singing Christian hymns, Guatemala's indigenous Ixil Mayans buried Wednesday the remains of 31 civilians killed by the army during the country's bloody civil war three decades ago.

For justice in Guatemala, ‘2 steps forward, 1 step back’

In Guatemala, the rule of law hangs in the balance following the ouster of human rights champion Claudia Paz y Paz from the post of attorney general. A right-leaning former Supreme Court justice, Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernández, was named as Paz y Paz’s replacement, and may be about to roll back recent gains against corruption and human rights violations, analysts say.

Guatemala Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz battles to serve out her term

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz has been praised internationally as an advocate for human rights and the rule of law. At home, though, she’s facing stiff opposition from conservative elements of Guatemalan society who are uncomfortable with her campaign for human rights.

Guatemalans continue speaking out on atrocities during Ríos Montt era

The conviction on genocide charges of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt may have been overturned, but now the world knows the brutality committed by his military regime in the 1980s.

Guatemala’s Maya outraged at genocide ruling annulment

Nebaj mayor: The annulment "mocks the Ixil people."

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